Broglio, famously traded to Cubs for Brock, dies at 83

Updated 7/17/2019 6:15 PM

It will go down as one of the most lopsided trades in Chicago Cubs history, if not all of baseball history.

On June 15, 1964, the Cubs sent young outfielder Lou Brock to the St. Louis Cardinals for veteran and proven pitcher Ernie Broglio.


Brock went on to a Hall of Fame career, but Broglio washed out with the Cubs, largely because of arm problems.

Broglio died Tuesday at 83. The San Jose Mercury News reported Broglio suffered from an undisclosed form of cancer.

Other players were involved in the 1964 trade, but the deal became known simply as Brock-for-Broglio.

The Cubs were hoping to beef up their pitching staff at the time of the deal, and the team seemed to have given up on Brock's progress. Media members in Chicago almost universally agreed that the Cubs had won the deal.

But with the Cardinals in '64, Brock hit .348 (after batting .251 with the Cubs) with 33 stolen bases, helping the Cardinals win the World Series over the Yankees. Brock was part of another world-championship team in 1967 and a World Series team in '68 with the Cardinals. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985 after stealing 938 bases and putting up a career line of .293/.343/.410 with 149 homers and 900 RBI.

Broglio went 7-19 with a 5.40 ERA from 1964-66 for the Cubs, making the trade one that still talked about and rued by longtime Cubs fans.


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