Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock passes away at 81

The sports world has lost an icon this evening.

MLB Hall of Fame icon Lou Brock, the one-time single-season and all-time leader in stolen bases, has passed away tonight in St. Louis at the age of 81 years.

Brock is known for having broken former Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb‘s all time major league stolen bases record in 1977. He was an All-Star for six seasons and a National League (NL) stolen base leader for eight seasons. Brock led the NL in doubles and triples in 1968, and also led the National League in singles in 1972.

He was also the runner-up for the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1974.

After staring his MLB career with the Chicago Cubs, he was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964, where he was a part of two World Series winning squads.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.

By coincidence, both of his former clubs were matched up against one another tonight. Prior to their game, they held a moment of silence in Brock’s honor: