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    Apr 7, 2006 - The Tigers defeat the Rangers, 5-2, as Chris Shelton becomes the 3rd player to hit 5 HRs in his teams first 4 games. Lou Brock (1967) and Barry Bonds (2002) are the others who have accomplished the feat.

    Apr 5, 2002 - The Giants defeat the Padres‚ 3-1 in 10 innings on Barry Bonds' 5th HR of the year. In doing so‚ Bonds ties the mark for most HRs in the 1st 4 games of the season set by Lou Brock in 1967.

    May 26, 1997 - In the Cubs' 2-1 win in Pittsburgh‚ Chicago's Sammy Sosa and Pittsburgh's Tony Womack both hit inside-the-park homers in the sixth inning. It is the first time two inside-the-park homers are hit in the same NL game since Lou Brock and Hector Cruz of St. Louis did it against San Diego on June 18‚ 1976. Greg Gagne of the Twins had two for Minnesota on October 4‚ 1986.

    May 1, 1991 - Oakland's Rickey Henderson garners his 939th career stolen base in the 4th inning of a game against the Yankees to break Lou Brock's all-time mark. With Brock standing next to him‚ Henderson modestly proclaims‚ "Lou Brock was certainly a great basestealer‚ but today I'm the greatest of all time." In another curious tie-in with Nolan Ryan‚ Henderson had been the victim of Ryan's 5‚000th career strikeout.

    May 29, 1990 - Rickey Henderson steals his 893rd career base in Oakland's 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays‚ surpassing Ty Cobb as the AL's all-time leader. Lou Brock's mark of 938 is next.

    Jul 28, 1985 - Lou BrockEnos SlaughterArky Vaughan‚ and Hoyt Wilhelm are inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Cooperstown‚ New York.

    Jan 7, 1985 - Lou Brock‚ the major leagues' all-time stolen base king‚ and Hoyt Wilhelm‚ the knuckleballer who at the time of his retiremement held the major league records (since broken) for most career appearances and most saves, are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Nellie Fox is named on 295 of the 395 ballots (74.7%)‚ but the BBWAA and the Hall of Fame committee decline to round Fox's total to the required 75%.

    Aug 27, 1982 - Rickey Henderson steals 4 bases in Oakland's 5-4 loss to Milwaukee to raise his total to 122 and break Lou Brock's single-season record of 118. The record-breaking 119th steal comes off pitcher Doc Medich and catcher Ted Simmons on a 3rd-inning pitchout. Milwaukee is now 6 1/2 games ahead in the AL East.

    Aug 2, 1982 - Oakland's Rickey Henderson steals his 100th base of the season in a 6-5 win over Seattle‚ tying the AL record he set last season and leaving him with 56 games to break Lou Brock's single-season record of 118. Henderson is the first player ever to steal 100 bases twice.

    Sep 11, 1980 - In a 6-5 win over the Cubs‚ Montreal's Ron LeFlore steals his 91st base of the season and Rodney Scott steals his 58th‚ breaking the ML record for stolen bases by teammates in one season. Lou Brock and Bake McBride set the record with the 1974 Cardinals.

    Sep 23, 1979 - St. Louis legend Lou Brock steals the 938th-and final-base of his career in a 7-4 win against the New York Mets. He tops 19th century speedster Billy Hamilton by one.

    Aug 13, 1979 - Lou Brock‚ 40‚ collects his 3‚000th career hit‚ a single off Dennis Lamp‚ as the Cardinals top the Cubs‚ 3-2.

    Aug 29, 1977 - The Cardinals Lou Brock steals two bases in a 4-3 loss to the Padres. It is career steal 893 for Brock‚ breaking Ty Cobb's modern record.

    Aug 16, 1976 - Lou Brock collects 5 hits in a losing cause as the Cardinals fall to the Padres‚ 11-7.

    Sep 1, 1975 - It is "Bob Gibson Day" in St. Louis‚ as dignitaries‚ including August Busch and Bowie Kuhn‚ honor the 39-year-old pitcher. The Cards‚ led by Lou Brock‚ then drill the Cubs‚ 6-3. Brock has 3 singles‚ 3 stolen bases‚ and scores 3 times.

    Aug 24, 1975 - Lou Brock steals the 800th base of his career as the Cardinals beat the visiting Braves 6-2. Carl Morton is on the mound and Biff Pocaroba behind the plate when Lou swipes 2B.

    May 26, 1975 - In St. Louis‚ Lou Brock hits for the cycle to back Bob Forsch's 7-1 win over the Padres.

    Sep 29, 1974 - Lou Brock steals his 118th‚ and final‚ base of the season in the Cardinals 7-3 win over the Cubs.

    Sep 10, 1974 - The Cardinals lose to the Phillies 8-2‚ but Lou Brock breaks Maury Wills' ML record by stealing his 104th and 105th bases of the season. It also gives him 740 career SBs‚ breaking Max Carey's NL record of 738.

    Sep 1, 1974 - Lou Brock steals 4 bases in an 8-1 win over the Giants. This gives him 98 steals for the year.

    Jun 20, 1973 - Bobby Bonds leads off with a HR‚ but the Giants lose 7-5 to the Reds. It is Bonds's 22nd leadoff HR‚ breaking Lou Brock's NL record.

    Sep 6, 1971 - The Cards tip the Phillies‚ 2-1‚ as Lou Brock steals 4 bases. It is the 2nd time that Brock has swiped 4 in one game: he'll do it once more.

    Aug 22, 1971 - Lou Brock has 2 hits and 3 walks and scores 5 runs in the Cardinals‚ 13-4‚ win over the Braves.

    May 31, 1971 - The Cards nip the Braves‚ 3-2‚ but Lou Brock goes hitless‚ ending his consecutive game hitting streak at 26.

    Aug 6, 1970 - For the second and last time in his career‚ Lou Brock steals home‚ teaming up with Joe Hague in a double steal in the 1st inning against the Mets in St. Louis. Nels Briles wins 3-0‚ stopping Tom Seaver's 9-game win streak.

    Oct 7, 1968 - Mickey Lolich saves Detroit‚ 5-3 with an unlikely assist from Lou Brock. On 2B in the 5th‚ Brock tries to score standing up on Julian Javier's single and is gunned down by Willie Horton's throw. Al Kaline's bases-loaded single off Joe Hoerner in the 7th scores 2 for the winning margin. Jose Feliciano's modern rendition of the National Anthem before the game stirs controversy.

    Oct 6, 1968 - In Game 4 St. Louis dumps Detroit 10-1. Bob Gibson‚ fanning 10‚ earns his 7th straight Series victory. Denny McLain gives up 4 runs‚ and is relieved in the 3rd after a rain delay. Lou Brock shines with a double‚ triple‚ HR‚ 4 RBI‚ and a steal that gives him 7 in 4 games.

    Oct 12, 1967 - The Cardinals earn their 2nd World Championship of the decade with a 7-2 victory. Bob Gibson notches his 3rd WS win with a 3-hitter‚ 10 strikeouts‚ and a 5th-inning HR. Lou Brock has 2 hits and steals 3 bases for a record 7 thefts in a 7-game WS.

    Oct 7, 1967 - In game 3 St. Louis‚ Nelson Briles swings the WS toward the Cards with a 7-hit 5-2 win. Lou Brock has 2 more hits‚ and Mike Shannon homers off loser Gary Bell.

    Oct 4, 1967 - Cardinals LF Lou Brock has 4 hits‚ 2 stolen bases‚ and scores twice‚ as St. Louis edges Boston 2-1 to open the World Series at Fenway Park. Bob Gibson has 10 strikeouts and outduels Jose Santiago‚ whose HR is Boston's only score.

    Oct 15, 1964 - St. Louis takes an early lead in the deciding WS game 7. Lou Brock's 5th-inning HR triggers a 2nd 3-run frame and a 6-0 lead for Bob Gibson. Mickey MantleClete Boyer‚ and Phil Linz homer for New York‚ but it's not enough. The Cards win 7-5 and are the World Champions. Both Boyers‚ Ken for the Cards and Clete for the Yankees‚ homer in their last WS appearance‚ a first in ML history.

    Sep 13, 1964 - St. Louis becomes the first NL club to score in each inning since the Giants did it on June 1‚ 1923. They coast‚ 15-2‚ at Wrigley Field with Curt Simmons improving his record to 15-9. Dick Ellsworth goes to 14-15 for Chicago. Julian JavierLou Brock‚ and Mike Shannon homer for the Birds.

    Jun 15, 1964 - St. Louis acquires OF Lou Brock‚ with pitchers Jack Spring and Paul Toth‚ from the Cubs for pitchers Bobby Shantz and Ernie Broglio and OF Doug Clemens. Broglio‚ 28‚ has a 3-5 record‚ while Brock‚ a part-time OF with Chicago‚ is hitting .251. Brock will blossom in St. Louis hitting .348 while swiping 33 bases.

    May 24, 1964 - Cubs speedster Lou Brock steals home for the first time‚ combining with Billy Williams on a double steal in the 1st inning of game one at Cincinnati. But the Reds win‚ 6-5 and 12-4.

    Jun 17, 1962 - Lou Brock of the Cubs hits a HR into the right-CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds‚ 460-470 feet from home plate‚ in the first game of a Chicago doubleheader sweep‚ 8-7 and 4-3. He is the 2nd player to reach those bleacher seats; Joe Adcock was the first. In the nitecap‚ the Cubs win on Santo's HR in the 9th.

    May 20, 1962 - At Philadelphia‚ the Cubs sweep a doubleheader‚ winning 6-4 and 11-2 behind the hitting of young Lou Brock and rookie 2B Ken Hubbs. Brock's 2nd inning grand slam is the difference in game one‚ while Hubbs collects 8 singles in the afternoon‚ 3-for-3 in the first game and 5-for-5 in game 2.

    Sep 10, 1961 - At Chicago‚ the Phillies score 7 in the 7th‚ including Don Demeter's grand slam‚ and notch 6 more in the 8th to beat the Cubs‚ 14-6. There is some solace for the Cubs as introduce a pair of gems: Ken Hubbs debuts with 2 hits and 2 runs and Lou Brock has one hit‚ one run and a pair of errors.

    Sep 7, 1959 - At Comiskey Park‚ the baseball competition in the Pan Am games finishes with Venezuela winning the gold‚ followed by Puerto Rico (silver)‚ and the USA (bronze). Collegian Lou Brock is 1-for-10 for the US. Dominican Rico Carty so impresses the scouts that‚ according to Rob Ruck (The Tropic of Baseball)‚ he is offered 9 contracts and signs them all. For the record‚ Carty signs with the Braves in December.

    Apr 29, 1953 - Joe Adcock becomes the first ML player to homer into the CF bleacher seats in the Polo Grounds‚ over 475 feet away. His homer in the 3rd‚ with Pafko on‚ comes off a Jim Hearn fast ball. Luke Easter‚ in a 1948 Negro League game‚ and Schoolboy Rowe‚ in batting practice before a 1933 exhibition game‚ also accomplished the feat. Lou Brock and Hank Aaron will match it is as well in 1962. The Braves win the game 3-2 on a 9th-inning knuckler by Hoyt Wilhelm that eludes Sal Yvars for a wild pitch. Billy Bruton's perfect throw cuts down Monte Irvin for the final out. After the game‚ manager Charlie Grimm buys Adcock's homer for $25 from the fan who caught it.

    Oct 9, 1919 - Lefty Williams gets one man out in the first before departing. The Reds lead 4-0‚ and go on to give Hod Eller a 10-5 victory and the Reds the world title in 8 games. Joe Jackson hits the only HR of the Series. Eddie Collins' 3 hits give him a total of 42 in WS play‚ a record broken in 1930 by Frank Frisch‚ and bettered by Lou Gehrig in 1938. A SB by Collins is his 14th in WS competition‚ a record tied by Lou Brock in 1968.

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