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Famed St. Louis Cardinal Base Stealer Lou Brock Has Passed Away at Age 81

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*Unfortunately, we are reporting yet another death. Hall of Famer Lou Brock, who at the time of his retirement in 1979, was the all-time leader in stolen bases, has passed away, according to ESPN.

The Cardinals and Chicago Cubs observed a moment of silence in Brock’s memory before their game at Wrigley Field on Sunday.

Dick Zitzmann, Brock’s longtime agent and friend commented, “Over my 25-plus years of being his agent, he was perhaps the happiest Hall of Famer I’ve ever encountered.” He also said, “I think he led a life that will never be duplicated.” Although the exact cause of Lou Brock’s death has not been reported, in recent years he had his leg amputated due to complications from diabetes, as well as blood cancer.

Brock played in the major leagues for 19 years, beginning in 1961 with the Chicago Cubs, but spent most of his career as a St. Louis Cardinals left fielder. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985 and the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Brock was a base stealing threat; having broken Ty Cobb’s all-time base stealing record and led the National League in base stealing a record eight times, as well as getting 50 or more stolen bases 12 times. His record of 938 stolen bases, was later broken by Rickey Henderson.

He is also a member of the 3,000-hit club, ending his career with 3,023 hits and a career batting average of .293. He was a six time All-Star and was runner-up for the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1974.

Lou Brock received a litany of awards both during and after his playing career. His many awards included, the Babe Ruth Award as the outstanding player in the 1967 World Series, The Sporting News Player of the Year Award in 1974, the Roberto Clemente Award in 1975, for best exemplifying the game of baseball both on and off the field. In 1977, he was awarded the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award as the player who best exemplified Lou Gehrig’s ability and character. In 1978, Lou Brock became the first active player to have an award named after him, when the National League announced that its annual stolen base leader would receive the Lou Brock Award.

In October 1979, Brock was named the National League’s Comeback Player of the Year.  On September 9, 1979, the St. Louis Cardinals retired Brock’s jersey number 20, an honor that had previously been bestowed upon only three other Cardinals players.  He was inducted into multiple Halls of Fame, the biggest being the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1999, he was ranked Number 58 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

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BLIND ITEM: Singer is Completely Broke

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*The following Blind Item comes from Hollywood insider Enty Lawyer. Please address all inquiries and complaints to the original source.

This foreign born former A list singer in a group turned reality star is completely broke and selling off her possessions. She is desperate to get a host/judging job and is willing to hit the casting couch to do it.

Can you guess the former A list singer?

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Michael B. Jordan to Adapt ‘Static Shock’ Comic Book for Warner Bros. and DC

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*Michael B. Jordan is producing a movie based on the DC and Milestone Comics character Static, popularly known as Static Shock. 

Jordan announced the project Friday on Twitter, which he will produce through his Warner Bros.-based Outlier Society production company.

Here’s what Variety says of the plot: “The character is a teen who transforms into a superhero with electromagnetic powers. A “Static Shock” animated series aired on Kids’ WB in the early 2000s and was one of the few superhero series starring a Black character.”

“I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around Black superheroes; our community deserves that,” Jordan said in a statement. “Outlier Society is committed to bringing to life diverse comic book content across all platforms and we are excited to partner with Reggie and Warner Bros. on this initial step.”

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Virgil Hawkins, a.k.a. Static Shock, was created by Milestone Media and DC Comics in the 1990s. Jordan will produce a movie adaptation of the comic book, which was unveiled by Reginald Hudlin during August’s DC FanDome.

“One of the things we’re really excited about, we really want to live up to the name of the company, Milestone Media,” said Hudlin. “When we spoke to Jim [Lee] about reviving the Milestone line, we said ‘Look, we all know this has been a hit comic book and hit animated series. It’s time to expand back into all those areas and then some.’ So we’re in serious conversations about, as we’re launching the comic book series, developing the ‘Static Shock’ movie. That will be a theatrical feature film.”

During the DC FanDome panel where the film’s development was announced, Phil LaMarr, who voiced Static on the animated series in the early 2000s, said, “Virgil is what I always wanted as a comic book kid growing up: Black Spider-Man. A good story can make you live it, feel it, and when it does, it resonates on a whole other level….It touched on archetypes as a comic fan that I loved, but also touched on my life as a Black man in the real world.”

Jordan will next appear in the thriller “Without Remorse,” scheduled to be released next year.

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Here’s Why Rapper Bobby Shmurda Was Denied Parole

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*Court documents have been released showing why Bobby Shmurda was denied parole in September. 

We previously reported… the rapper will continue to serve his max prison sentence until December 2021, according to Variety.

Bobby has been locked up since December 2014, when more than 15 defendants were charged with various crimes, including murder, attempted murder and drug dealing. Shmurda was facing a maximum sentence of 8 – 25 years on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangerment, and drug and gun possession, EUR previously reported.

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TMZ obtained court docs from the parole hearing and board members denied the Bobby’s release after he’s had “multiple” violations in jail. The New York-native is accused of having a shank, fighting, and drug possession.

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Shmurda sees his situation differently with transcripts revealing that he made his own case to be freed. He said he doesn’t have impulsive behavior anymore, considers others in his decision-making, and walks away from bad situations when they occur. After telling the parole board that he wants to resume his music career when he’s released and become involved in outreach programs with troubled youth, he also said that he now sees himself as a “leader” rather than a follower. Additionally, he wants to get a high school G.E.D. when he gets out.

Unfortunately, he has to serve his entire seven-year sentence before that happens. 

“Following his Sept. 15, 2020 interview with the Board of Parole, Ackquille Pollard was denied release and given a hold until the maximum expiration of his sentence on December 11, 2021,” a spokesperson from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision told Complex in September.

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