ST. LOUIS — Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock, a former base-stealing champion, had his left leg amputated below the knee due to an infection related to diabetes.
The Cardinals and a longtime friend, Dick Zitzmann, confirmed Wednesday that 76-year-old Brock had surgery last month. Brock is undergoing therapy at an area hospital and will be fitted for a prosthetic leg.
Brock was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 15 years ago and had the procedure done Oct. 27, Zitzmann said.
“He’s got a long road ahead, but he’s a tough guy,” Zitzmann said. “He’s got a great attitude.”
Brock has been a national spokesman for a diabetes drug manufacturer the last five years or so. Zitzmann said Brock “watched his diet meticulously.”
Brock stole a National League-record 938 bases, including 118 in 1974, and was known as the “Base Burglar.” He also had 3,023 hits, becoming a star after a celebrated trade from the Chicago Cubs in 1964 for pitcher Ernie Broglio.
Brock batted .391 with four home runs and 10 steals in 21 World Series games.
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