Lou Brock traded to Cardinals
“It was like being in a prison yard with everyone waiting for you to do something wrong,” Brock told the Chicago Tribune. “There was the thrill, yes, of coming to the major leagues – but I was scared to death…No one even showed me how to flip the sunglasses, or when to do it. There I was, alone, learning on my own.”
As a fresh-faced ballplayer out of Southern University with only one full season of minor league experience, the experimental system in Chicago was a poor introduction to the major leagues. So the stark difference he encountered in St. Louis sparked a wave of change that he would ride through until the end of his 19-year career.