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Lou Brock

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Lou Brock

Lou Brock was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 1985, with 79.7% of the vote.

The first table below presents Lou Brock's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Lou Brock
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1961CHN22
3
0.10.50.133-0.2
-0.2
0.20.40.290-0.1-0.1
1962CHN23
119
11.114.30.437-1.9
-0.9
13.113.80.486-0.70.3
1963CHN24
148
17.516.80.510-0.6
0.8
18.917.10.525-0.11.3
25
154
21.719.20.5310.3
1.9
24.021.10.5310.42.2
1965SLN26
155
21.719.70.5240.2
1.8
22.819.40.5410.92.5
1966SLN27
156
21.920.60.516-0.1
1.6
21.719.50.5280.42.0
1967SLN28
159
24.620.60.5440.9
2.9
26.321.70.5481.23.2
1968SLN29
159
25.619.50.5681.9
3.7
24.119.10.5581.43.1
1969SLN30
157
23.520.10.5390.9
2.8
22.120.20.5220.22.0
1970SLN31
155
20.322.50.474-2.2
-0.4
22.522.90.495-1.40.5
1971SLN32
157
22.721.70.511-0.4
1.4
23.721.20.5280.42.1
1972SLN33
153
19.319.10.503-0.7
0.9
19.519.50.501-0.80.8
1973SLN34
159
22.820.70.5240.1
1.9
23.020.50.5280.32.1
1974SLN35
153
23.020.70.5260.3
1.9
23.120.20.5340.62.2
1975SLN36
136
18.219.80.479-1.3
0.2
17.617.40.503-0.41.0
1976SLN37
133
15.716.90.481-1.2
-0.0
16.016.60.490-0.90.3
1977SLN38
140
14.515.80.478-1.2
0.1
13.315.50.463-1.6-0.4
1978SLN39
92
7.811.40.406-2.1
-1.4
7.910.30.434-1.5-0.8
1979SLN40
120
10.813.00.454-1.5
-0.6
12.312.40.498-0.40.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,608
342.9332.90.507-8.8
18.3
352.0328.80.517-2.325.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
21
3.23.20.499 0.14.12.70.604 0.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,629
346.1336.10.507
18.4
356.1331.50.517 25.8


Lou Brock's Hall-of-Fame case essentially has three arguments:

(1) Brock finished his career with 3,023 hits
(2) Brock held the single-season and career stolen base records at the time of his retirement (118 and 938, respectively)
(3) In 21 World Series games, Brock batted .391/.424/.655, batting over .400 in both the 1967 and 1968 World Series.
This article focuses on the last two of these, putting them into the context of Player won-lost records.

Lou Brock's Baserunning
Lou Brock was one of the best basestealers, and, extending beyond that, one of the best baserunners in the history of major-league baseball. The top 10 baserunners for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records, measured by baserunning eWins over non-pitcher average, are shown in the next table.

Top 10 Players, Baserunning Wins over Average
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Rickey Henderson52.436.40.5907.9
2Tim Raines Sr.34.520.70.6256.5
3Willie Wilson26.514.80.6425.8
4Bert Campaneris36.023.70.6035.8
5Davey Lopes23.614.40.6224.3
6Paul Molitor29.621.00.5854.3
7Joe L. Morgan37.027.40.5754.2
8Luis Aparicio30.921.80.5864.0
9Vince Coleman26.117.60.5973.9
10Lou Brock41.333.10.5553.4

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Lou Brock's World Series Performance
Lou Brock played in three World Series: in 1964, 1967, 1968. Across these three World Series, Brock batted .391/.424/.655 (1.079 OPS) with 4 home runs, 14 stolen bases, 13 RBI, and 16 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. As shown in the first table of this article, this translates into a (context-neutral) Player won-lost record of 4.1 eWins and 2.7 eLosses, a winning percentage of 0.604.

The next table shows all players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records with a career postseason eWin winning percentage of .600 or greater (minimum 3 postseason eWins).

Postseason Record > 0.600: eWins
(sorted by eWORL, min. 3.0 career postseason eWins)
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWORL
1Mariano Rivera7.53.20.6982.6
2Lou Gehrig5.02.60.6561.3
3Hank Aaron3.42.00.6300.8
4Cliff P. Lee5.53.30.6281.7
5Lenny Dykstra5.03.00.6271.2
6Babe Ruth4.52.70.6241.0
7Kirk Gibson3.52.20.6210.8
8Marco Estrada3.01.90.6110.9
9Sandy Koufax4.02.60.6091.2
10Albert Pujols10.26.70.6042.0
11Lou Brock4.12.70.6040.8
12Bob Gibson5.83.80.6021.6
13Carlos Beltran8.75.80.6001.9


I like that Lou Brock ends up falling between two other long-time St. Louis Cardinals.



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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