Cardinals Care names field for Brock
Baseball diamond dedicated to Hall of Famer
ST.LOUIS -- Lou Brock's name and famous No. 20 are all over Busch Stadium, from the left-field wall to his statue outside the front gate. Now, Cardinals fans can find Brock's name in another spot, a couple of miles away from the stadium.
Tuesday morning, Cardinals Care, the community foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals, dedicated Lou Brock Field in the Murphy Park neighborhood of St. Louis.
It's the 13th field Cardinals Care has funded. Others include Jim Edmonds Field, Whitey Herzog Field, Jack Buck Field and Stan Musial Field. Now, Brock, the Hall of Famer who played more than 15 seasons with the Cards, joins other Cardinals greats that have their names attached to Cardinals Care.
"Cardinals Care is thrilled to honor Lou for the tremendous contributions he has made to the St. Louis community on and off the field," Tim Hanser, vice president of Cardinals Care, said.
Brock, who is the club's all-time leader in stolen bases and ranks second in runs, hits and doubles, was on hand for the dedication.
Lou Brock Field is now home to one of 22 Redbird Rookie Leagues in the St. Louis area. Redbird Rookies provides bats, balls, gloves, uniforms and other baseball equipment for more than 2,000 boys and girls.
The program also provides young ballplayers with off-field support in areas of health, education, mentoring and the arts.
Cardinals Care, which was created in 1997, has now raised more than $11 million for children in the St. Louis area.
Its mission is to care for kids by building fields, supporting youth baseball programs and funding children's agencies that support kids in off-field endeavors.
Daniel Berk is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.