Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NICKNAMES OF THE '70'S #29: "THE FRANCHISE" LOU BROCK

"The Franchise", a great nickname for Hall of Fame stolen base king Lou Brock, and today's installment to the "Nicknames of the 1970's" thread here.
Check out the card I designed for it:


I chose a 1975 template since he was coming off of his record-breaking season that saw him swipe 118 bases, at the age of 35!
It's easy to forget that Brock was already a 13-year veteran when he took the baseball world by storm with his historic feat.
Not only did he set the stolen base record, but he topped 190 hits for the eighth time, batted .300+ for the fifth time, and topped 100 runs scored for the seventh time.
This was all on his way to an easy Hall of Fame induction in 1985, on his first try, being named to 79.7% of the ballot.
For his career, Brock topped 3000 hits, 1600 runs scored, and of course finished with his (then) Major League record of 938 stolen bases, while batting .293 and being a part of two World Champion teams (1964 and 1967).

3 comments:

  1. Seriously? Only one franchise in my book - Tom Seaver

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    1. I hear ya! But I DID make Seaver's "Nickname" card "Tom Terrific", so I figured it was ok to give Brock his nickname props!
      ;)

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  2. I saw Brock play in the latter half of his career so I missed the Cards good years in the 60's. Vastly underrated by my generation even though he is in the Hall of Fame. The Cardinals were always that mid-level team that could never get past Pittsburgh or Philly in the East in the 70's. I know that jaded my perception of him until he approached 3000 hits.

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