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Cardinals baseball legend Brock battling cancer

AFP logoAFP 14/04/2017
Hall of Fame baseball player Lou Brock's health problems are mounting as the former base stealing legend is now undergoing treatment for cancer © Provided by AFP Hall of Fame baseball player Lou Brock's health problems are mounting as the former base stealing legend is now undergoing treatment for cancer

Hall of Fame baseball player Lou Brock's health problems are mounting as the former base-stealing legend is now undergoing treatment for cancer.

Brock, who stole a record 118 bases in 1974 for the St. Louis Cardinals, has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer.

The Major League Baseball club said Thursday Brock is undergoing treatment in St. Louis.

"I appreciate the prayers and support we have received from our many friends and fans in the Cardinals community," Brock said in a statement.

"We count ourselves blessed that I am receiving the best possible medical treatment and we look forward to seeing many more Cardinals World Series Championships in the future."

The 77-year-old Brock was a six-time All-Star during 16 seasons with the Cardinals from 1964-79. He stole 938 career bases and his record of 118 steals in one season stood until it was broken by Oakland's Rickey Henderson, who stole 130 in 1982.

Brock also battles diabetes and had his left leg amputated below the knee two years ago.

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