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This Week in 1960s Baseball

(June 15, 1964) The most famous – and most productive – trade in St. Louis Cardinals history was made today when the Cardinals sent a pair of former 20-game winners, Ernie Broglio and Bobby Shantz, along with outfielder Doug Clemens, to the Chicago Cubs for three players: pitchers Jack Spring and Paul Toth, and an outfielder named Lou Brock.

Lou Brock was batting .251 with the Chicago Cubs when he was traded to the Cardinals in 1964. He batted .348 for the Cardinals over the rest of the season, and retired 15 years later after putting together a Hall of Fame career.

For the Cubs, the trade worked out this way: Broglio went 4-7 for the rest of that year and 7-19 for the Cubs over three years. Shantz went 0-1 for the Cubs before being purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies in August. Clemens hit .279 with 12 RBIs in 54 games with the Cubs. (He hit .221 for Cubs the next year.)

For the Cardinals, the trade worked out this way: Spring pitched in only two innings. Toth never made an appearance. Brock, however, led the Cardinals to the World Series, and followed up with a career that led to his eventual enshrinement in Cooperstown.

Lou Brock had a fabulous second half for the Cardinals in 1964. In 103 games, he hit .348 and scored 84 runs, with nine triples, 12 home runs, 44 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. He was the offensive spark plug for a Cardinals team that won its first pennant since 1946.

In the World Series against the New York Yankees, Brock was instrumental in helping St. Louis take the championship, batting .300 with five RBIs and nine hits in seven games, including two doubles and a home run.

Ernie Broglio was 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA for the St. Louis Cardinals when he was traded to the Cubs in 1964. He was 4-7 with a 4.04 ERA for the Cubs over the rest of the season, and retired two years later after going 7-19 in three seasons with Chicago.

Brock finished his career with the Cardinals, retiring in 1979 with 3,023 hits and, at the time, the career record for stolen bases with 938. He broke Maury Wills’ single-season record for stolen bases with 118 in 1974 and was the most prolific base stealer during the 1960s, with 430.

 

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