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08/07/2007 2:20 PM ET
Cardinals Care to dedicate Lou Brock Field
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ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals Care, the community foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals will dedicate Lou Brock Field today in the Murphy Park neighborhood. With the dedication of Lou Brock Field, Cardinals Care has surpassed $11 Million in distribution to support kids in the St. Louis community since its inception in 1997.

"Cardinals Care is thrilled to honor Lou for the tremendous contributions he has made to the St. Louis community on and off the field," said Tim Hanser, Vice President, Community Outreach & Cardinals Care.

On the Cardinals career lists, Hall of Famer Lou Brock ranks first in stolen bases (888); second in games played (2,289), at bats (9,125) runs (1,427), hits (2,713) doubles (434) and total bases (3,776); fourth in triples (121); fifth in walks (681); and 10th in RBI (814). He was a six-time National League All-Star. In 1985, Brock was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and was voted leftfielder on the All Busch Stadium II team at the end of the 2005 season.

Lou Brock Field is home to one of the 22 Redbird Rookie Leagues. Redbird Rookies provides all the bats, balls, gloves, uniforms and other baseball equipment needed to play for more than 2,000 boys and girls ages 5-13 in 22 different neighborhoods. Redbird Rookies is unique in that it is designed to be more than baseball or sports and provides extensive off-field support for kids in the areas of health, education, mentoring, and the arts.

Construction of the field was led by Clayco Sports, which has been an outstanding partner in developing and caring for Cardinals Care fields, as well as being a sponsor of the Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up. Several other companies donated a portion of their materials and services, including Munie Outdoor Services, Collins & Hermann, Inc., and Craftsmen Industries. The mission of Cardinals Care is to care for kids by building ballfields, supporting youth baseball programs and funding children's agencies that support kids primarily in the areas of health, education, mentoring, and the arts.

Lou Brock Field is the 13th diamond Cardinals Care has funded. The others include:

• Hamilton Heights - dedicated in September 2000

• Jim Edmonds Field at Adams Park in the Forest Park SE neighborhood - June 2001

• PAL (Police Athletic League) Memorial Park funded in part by Darryl Kile. It is in Fox Park and was dedicated in memory of all St. Louis City police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty - September 2001.

• Spirit Field - Spanish Lake County Park - built specifically for disabled kids in wheelchairs - Spring 2002

• Edgar Renteria Field at Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, East St. Louis, Ill. - July 2002

• Whitey Herzog Field - Belleville, Ill. - June 2003. Cardinals Care contributed with other funders to help build this field.

• Heine Meine Field - Lemay, Mo. - July 2003. Cardinals Care funded an upgraded lighting system as well as other improvements.

• Jack Buck Field-University City - August 2003

• Mark McGwire Ballpark on Aviation Field in Forest Park - April 2004

• Woody Williams Field in Northwoods - August 2004

• Stan Musial Field in Jennings - June 2005

• Red Schoendienst Field in Normandy - July 2006
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