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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. Continue reading

Trust the Law

 

Career Year: Vern Law – 1960

Vern Law was a lanky right-hander whose fortunes as a pitcher improved steadily throughout the 1950s … just as his team, the Pittsburgh Pirates (his only major league team over a 16-year career), clawed its way out of the bottom of the National League standings by the close of the 1950s. Continue reading

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Swap Shop: Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio

It was probably the most lopsided trade of the 1960s. (After all, Milt Pappas was 30-29 in two-plus seasons for the Cincinnati Reds.)

At first, it looked like a “steal” for the Chicago Cubs. It turned out that the St. Louis Cardinals added a base thief who would be pivotal in helping them steal the 1964 National League pennant.

Ernie Broglio was the key player the Chicago Cubs coveted in the Lou Brock deal. Coming off an 18-8 season with the Cardinals in 1963, Broglio would win only seven games for the Cubs before retiring in 1966.

Ernie Broglio was the key player the Chicago Cubs coveted in the Lou Brock deal. Coming off an 18-8 season with the Cardinals in 1963, Broglio would win only seven games for the Cubs before retiring in 1966.

The Cardinals sent two former 20-game winners, Ernie Broglio and Bobby Shantz, along with outfielder Doug Clemens, to the Cubs for pitchers Jack Spring and Paul Toth, and an outfielder named Lou Brock.

From the Cubs’ perspective, Broglio was the key player in the deal. He was a proven winner, notching 21 victories in 1960 and leading the Cardinals in 1963 with an 18-8 record and a 2.99 ERA. From 1960-1963, Broglio averaged 15 wins and 218 innings per season, with a combined ERA of 3.15.

But that wasn’t the Ernie Broglio that the Cubs received in exchange for Brock.

In 11 starts for the Cardinals in 1964, Broglio was 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA. A change of scenery didn’t help. Over the rest of the 1964 campaign, Broglio was 4-7 with a 4.04 ERA for the Cubs.

And the other players acquired by the Cubs didn’t help to compensate for Broglio’s slide. In 20 relief appearances with the Cubs, Shantz was 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA and a single save. And Clemens batted .279 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 54 games.

(In August, the Cubs sold Shantz to the Philadelphia Phillies. He retired at the end of the 1964 season.)

For Brock, the move to St. Louis launched him on his Hall of Fame career as he led the Cardinals to the World Series. In 103 games, he hit .348 and scored 84 runs, with nine triples, 12 home runs, 44 RBIs and 33 stolen bases.

Lou Brock was a speedy outfield prospect when he was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964. Sixteen seasons later – all with the Cardinals – he would retire with seven stolen base titles, more than 3,000 hits, and a place reserved in Cooperstown.

Lou Brock was a speedy outfield prospect when he was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964. Sixteen seasons later – all with the Cardinals – he would retire with seven stolen base titles, more than 3,000 hits, and a place reserved in Cooperstown.

In the World Series against the New York Yankees, Brock was instrumental in helping St. Louis take the championship, batting .300 with 5 RBIs and nine hits in seven games, including two doubles and a home run.

Brock would be a standout performer for the Cardinals for the next decade and a half, batting a combined .297 (while batting .300 or better seven times), leading the league in stolen bases seven times and collecting over 2,700 hits (on his way to 3,023 hits for his career).

It was a trade that neither team – or its fans – would ever forget. (Or, in the case of Cubs’ fans, forgive.)

 

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Glancing Back, and Remembering Lou Brock

The most famous – and most productive – trade in St. Louis Cardinals history was made on June 15, 1964. 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 twice led the National League in runs scored, with 113 in 1967 and 126 in 1971.

Lou Brock twice led the National League in runs scored, with 113 in 1967 and 126 in 1971.

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 Cardinal 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.

Brock’s performance was no fluke. He led the league in stolen bases each year from 1966 to 1969. His best year offensively was during the Cardinals’ pennant-winning season of 1967. Brock had career highs in hits (206), triples (12), home runs (21), RBIs (76) and batted .299. He led the majors with 113 runs scored.

In the 1967 World Series against the Boston Red Sox, Brock hit .414 with 12 hits and three stolen bases as the Cardinals took the Series four games to three. In 1968, Brock capped another strong regular season – when he led the major leagues in doubles (46), triples (14), and stolen bases (62) – by elevating his performance again in the Fall Classic. Against the Detroit Tigers, Brock hit .464 with 13 hits in seven games. His hits included three doubles, a triple and two home runs. Brock also drove in five runs and stole seven bases. His performance probably would have made him a strong candidate for World Series Most Valuable Player had the Cardinals been able to hold on and win the Series’ seventh game.

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 eventually broke Maury Wills’ single-season record for stolen bases with 118 in 1974.

Lou Brock was baseball’s most prolific base stealer during the 1960s. He led the National League in steals from 1966-1969.

Lou Brock was baseball’s most prolific base stealer during the 1960s. He led the National League in steals from 1966-1969.

He was the most prolific base stealer during the 1960s, with 430 (Luis Aparicio was tops in the American League with 342 stolen bases during the decade).  And though Brock recorded over 3,000 hits during his career, he never led the league in that category.

Brock was an All-Star six times. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

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Glancing Back, and Remembering Ernie Broglio

The short career of pitcher Ernie Broglio was really the sum of two careers. For five seasons, he was one of the best right-handers in the National League as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals’ starting rotation. Then in three seasons with the Chicago Cubs, he was a heartbreaking disaster, pitching against impossible expectations with an arm that was out of juice.

Ernie Broglio led the National League in wins in 1960 with a 21-9 record. He won 18 games for the Cardinals in 1963.

Ernie Broglio led the National League in wins in 1960 with a 21-9 record. He won 18 games for the Cardinals in 1963.

Broglio was signed by the independent Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League in 1954 and was acquired by the New York Giants two years later. He won 16 minor league games in each of the next tw0 seasons, and was dealt to the Cardinals in October of 1958.

Broglio was 7-12 in his rookie season with the Cardinals, but led the National League in wins in 1960 with a 21-9 record, posting a 2.74 ERA (second in the league to Mike McCormick’s 2.70). He slipped to 9-12 in 1961 and flipped his record to 12-9 in 1962, finishing third on the team in wins and in innings pitched (222.1).

In 1963, Broglio’s 18-8 record tied him for the team lead in victories (with Bob Gibson). Working almost entirely as a starter, he was second on the team in earned run average (2.99), innings pitched (250), shutouts (5) and complete games (11).

In 1964, Broglio pitched effectively but had only a 3-5 record (with a 3.50 ERA) when the Cardnals traded him with Doug Clemens and Bobby Shantz to the Chicago Cubs for Lou Brock, Jack Spring and Paul Toth. It turned out to be one of the most-lopsided deals of the decade, as Broglio won only seven games for the Cubs over the next three seasons while Brock led the Cardinals to the 1964 National League pennant in 1964 en route to a Hall of Fame career.

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Ernie Broglio was 3-5 for the Cardinals in 1964 when he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Lou Brock. He would win only seven games for the Cubs over the next three seasons.

The fact was, Broglio’s had little left after pitching 218 innings per season during the previous four yearswith the Cardinals.  He was 4-7 for the Cubs over the remainder of the 1964 season. That was more games than he would win for Chicago over the next two years combined. He retired, at age 30, after going 2-6 in 1966.

Broglio posted a 77-74 career record with a 3.74 ERA.

 

 

 

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Man-Sized Farewell

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball …

(September 29, 1963) The final game of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 1963 season was also the final game in the illustrious career of Stan Musial.

In his final major league at-bat, Stan Musial singled for hit number 3,630, the most in National League history.

In his final major league at-bat, Stan Musial singled for hit number 3,630, the most in National League history.

And he made it a “man-sized” farewell.

Musial got two hits in three at-bats during the Cardinals’ 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Dal Maxvill doubled with one out in the bottom of the fourteenth inning to drive home the game-winning run.

Musial singled in the fourth and sixth innings. His base hit in the sixth inning off Reds starter Jim Maloney drove in Curt Flood with the game’s first run. It was Musial’s last appearance in a major league game, as Gary Kolb came into the game to run for him. Kolb later scored on a Charley James sacrifice fly to put the Cardinals ahead 2-0.

The Reds tied the score when Cincinnati shortstop Leo Cardenas singled to drive in two runs with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.

Maloney struck out 11 Cardinal batters in the seven innings he worked. The Cardinals’ starting pitcher. Bob Gibson, also struck out 11 batters in nine innings.

Ernie Broglio (18-8) pitched the final three innings for the Cardinals to pick up the win. The losing pitcher was Joey Jay (7-18).

Musial’s two hits gave him 3,630 for his career, the most ever by a National League hitter and second all-time to Ty Cobb’s 4,189 hits. His run batted in was number 1,951 for his career, also the most by a National Leaguer.

And Musial’s two hits gave him 1,815 career hits at home, exactly the same as the number of career hits he collected on the road. Stan the Man would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969, his first year of eligibility.

Koufax Blanks Cardinals for 101st Victory

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball …

(June 12, 1964) Pitching his third shutout and sixth complete game of the 1964 season, Sandy Koufax pitched a four-hitter as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0.

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Sandy Koufax

The victory raised Koufax’s season record to 8-4. It was the left-hander’s 101st career victory.

The Dodgers scored the only run Koufax would need in the fourth inning. Willie Davis scored from third base on a Tommy Davis single to right field.

The Dodgers added two more runs – both unearned – in the seventh inning. Junior Gilliam scored on a bases-loaded error by Cardinals second baseman Julian Javier. Maury Wills scored on a Willie Davis RBI single.

All three Dodger runs were scored off Cardinals’ starter Ernie Broglio (3-5).

Koufax struck out six Cardinals batters and walked three. The shutout lowered his earned run average to 2.01.

His 101st career victory came in his tenth major league season. In his first six seasons, Koufax won only 36 games. He would win 129 games over the last six of his 12-year career.

Ernie Broglio lost to Koufax in what would be his last appearance in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform.

Ernie Broglio lost to Koufax in what would be his last appearance in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform.

This is the last game Broglio would pitch for the Cardinals. Three days later, he was traded with Doug Clemens and Bobby Shantz to the Chicago Cubs for Lou Brock, Jack Spring and Paul Toth.

 

 

 

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