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Lot # 707: 1979 Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals Game Worn Jersey (MEARS A10 & Jeff Scott LOA)

Category: Baseball Equipment

Starting Bid: $3,000.00

Bids: 14 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2023 Fall Classic",
which ran from 10/29/2023 7:00 PM to
11/18/2023 10:00 PM

They called him "The Franchise," and Hall of Famer Lou Brock used his innate speed and his meticulous study of opposing pitchers to race across baseball's landscape to, in his time, become baseball's all-time stolen base king with 938 career thefts. Presented is a perfect game worn, home white jersey from Brock's final season, his 1979 campaign with the St. Louis Cardinals. Lou started his Major League career with the Chicago Cubs in 1961. Playing mostly in right field, Brock struggled to reach his obvious potential, and after three seasons with the Cubs, the Cardinals, in need of a left fielder, gave up successful right-handed starter Ernie Broglio to obtain Brock to play left field. St. Louis was widely vilified for the trade, and the Cubs were roundly credited with a "steal." It turned out that Brock was the steal, and he ramped up his base thefts to have his base-running larceny carry him right into Cooperstown. Brock was ahead of his time in his study of opposing hurlers. He bought a movie camera, and from his dugout, he would film the deliveries and pick-off moves of opposing pitchers. Brock kept notebooks of his own film scouting and he took full advantage of the tendencies and techniques he had observed. At the same time, Brock improved his hitting. The 6-time All-Star played the rest of his career with St. Louis, and he led the National League eight times in stolen bases. In 1974, Brock set a new Major League single season stolen base record with 118 thefts, topping Maury Wills' previous record of 104. On Aug. 29, 1977, in San Diego, Brock broke Ty Cobb's all-time career MLB stolen base record as Brock recorded his 893rd steal. Lou finished his career in '79 with 938 stolen bases and 3,023 hits. He is second to Rickey Henderson in both single season and career steals. In 1964 and 1967, Brock was a key part of St. Louis' World Series winners. The colorful Brock home jersey is all original. It was graded a perfect 10 by MEARS, cert. #319923 (included). Across the chest of the pullover, knit jersey is the sewn-on Cardinals' birds on bat logo, with "Cardinals" embroidered in red script. Brock has signed the jersey on the front above the logo. His bold signature is in neatly scripted blue marker. Each shoulder has a sewn-on "20," red with navy blue trim. The back has a sewn-on "BROCK" in red block letters with navy blue trim, and underneath the name is "20," in sewn-on red with navy blue trim. On the lower inside front tail are two tags: A Rawlings manufacturer's tag showing size "40," and a "Set 1 1979" tag. The jersey comes with an additional letter, a letter of opinion regarding the authenticity of the jersey from St. Louis Cardinals' jersey expert, Jeff Scott. The jersey exhibits fine use. The beautiful jersey makes a marvelous collectible, as game worn Brock jerseys of this caliber are very rare.

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