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John Roy Brock

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 6½", Weight 165 lb.

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John Brock got a couple shots at the majors at a young age. He broke in with the 1917 St. Louis Cardinals at the age of 20, hitting .400 in 15 at-bats and playing catcher. He made one error in the field in the four games he caught.

Back with the 1918 St. Louis Cardinals under a new manager (Jack Hendricks), he hit .212 in 52 at-bats, but made 3 errors in the 18 games he caught as the third-string catcher.

His batting average was below that of the other two catchers, and his fielding percentage was also, and there was a new manager in 1919, so he didn't stay. Nor, for that matter, did first-string catcher Mike Gonzalez, who moved to the New York Giants but eventually came back to play again for the Cardinals.

Although Brock had a short career, he once pinch-hit for pitcher Earl Howard in Howard's only game in the bigs, thus depriving Howard of his only chance at a major league at-bat. See SABR Biography of Earl Howard.

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