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MLB: Lou Brock says he is cancer-free

By The Sports Xchange
MLB: Lou Brock says he is cancer-free
Former St. Louis Cardinals and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Lou Brock, rides in a golf cart following ceremonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1967 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals in May. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

Hall of Famer Lou Brock announced on Friday that he is cancer-free.

The former St. Louis Cardinals great was diagnosed in April with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. The illness led to the 78-year-old Brock canceling a planned appearance at Busch Stadium on April 25.

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On Friday, Brock revealed happier news.

"Today I received the greatest news ever," Brock said. "My doctor informed me that I am cancer free. The battle against Cancer is not easy. However I remained hopeful. I would like to thank my family, friends and fans for all their prayers and support during the battle."

Brock also battles diabetes and had his left leg amputated below the knee in 2015. He has since been fitted with a prosthetic.

Brock was a six-time All-Star during 16 seasons with the Cardinals from 1964-79. He stole 938 career bases, including 118 in 1974, a record later broken by Oakland's Rickey Henderson.

Brock played 19 major league seasons, the first three with the Chicago Cubs. He recorded 3,023 hits, 149 homers, 900 RBIs and had a .293 career average. He hit .391 with four homers and 10 steals in 21 World Series games.

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