SAN JOSE, Calif. - Ernie Broglio, a former major league pitcher best known for being part of perhaps the most lopsided trade in baseball history, died Tuesday night. He was 83.
He had been battling an undisclosed form of cancer.
Broglio was one of the best pitchers in the National League with the Cardinals in the early 1960s, but the righthander's notoriety was born of a trade 55 years ago when St. Louis shipped him to the Cubs for future Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock.
Brock became baseball's all-time leading base-stealer — before Rickey Henderson came along — while the sore-armed Broglio won just seven games in three seasons with the Cubs.
"It's always nice to talk about that trade," said Broglio, who had a 77-74 career record, five years ago.
"I don't mind. At least they remember who I am."