The stats don't point out the tragedy in the Brock for Brogolio trade however. I was 24 in 1964 and followed the team closely like many of you do today.
Check out the split stats for Lou Brock and they are telling. The Cubs touted him as a budding superstar and he was a stumblebum while he played here. He was worse than Corey Patterson ever was, stumbling around in the outfiled and looked like he never had a clue.
Then look at what happened in 1964 after the trade, he had his best year in the major leagues and led the Cardinals to the World Series. To this day, I will argue that, with the information the Cubs had at the time and Brock's play on the field, it was a decent trade.
If you have ever coached, there are just some kids that flat don't listen. It is like the old story about the mule and the 2x4 where you have to get their attention. I think the fact he was traded woke him up because all the time he played in Chicago he flat dogged it in the outfiled and was terribly inconsistent. His physical skills never changed, he didn't magically develop speed and a new swing the day he was traded.
Give the Cardinals credit for turning him around, but I believe the problem was his attitude. I still feel he was doggin it in Chicago going through the motions. His stats say he belongs in the HOF but he sure did not play that way in Chicago.