It was a very special day on the campus of Lindenwood University on Monday afternoon when the University unveiled and dedicated a sculpture of St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock.
There were many distinguished guests on hand for the dedication. Rene Knott, Sports Director of KSDK Channel Five, was the emcee, Lou Brock's wife, Rev. Jacqueline Brock, gave the dedication prayer, and St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak represented the club. Current and former players were in attendance including Albert Pujols and Al Hrabosky.
“Today, I feel like it is the last game of my career, and the beginning of a new career,” Brock said. “I am humble and grateful to Lindenwood University for this day. I would like to say thanks to the Board of Directors, President Evans, and the entire University body, which includes the students.”
The bronze sculpture is a slightly larger-than life version of Brock sliding into second base. It was crafted by artist Harry Weber, and will sit on a pedestal at the entrance to the home of the Lindenwood baseball and softball programs. The Lou Brock Sports Complex was built in 2005 and has hosted NAIA regional tournaments along with the 2009 NAIA National Championship Opening Round.
The complex is named after one of the best St. Louis Cardinals in history. Brock played for the Cardinals from 1964-1979, and was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. During his career, Brock helped the Cardinals to National League pennants in 1964, 1967, and 1968, and to World Series championships in 1964 and 1967. He is a six-time all-star.