411OnTheForty: Texas baseball mourns loss of Bob Brock

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Former Texas center fielder Bob Brock played on the Longhorns' national championship teams in 1949 and 1950 (photo courtesy of Texas Athletics).

The Texas baseball community lost one of its greats when former center fielder Bob Brock passed away Aug. 16 at the age of 92.

Brock played a key role in Texas baseball's dominance in the Southwest Conference and emergence as a national powerhouse beginning in the late 1940s.

An well-rounded player, Brock was the Longhorns' starting center fielder for three straight seasons, including the 1949 and 1950 National Championship squads under famed head coach Bibb Falk. During perhaps his most exceptional season in 1950, Brock led the Longhorns in hits, doubles and stolen bases while batting .377.

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Following a short minor league stint with the Boston Red Sox organization, Brock served in the U.S. Army for two years' and later worked for IBM in Houston, even receiving a Master's degree in Accountancy from the University of Houston.

Even when his time on the diamond was over in Austin, Brock continued his unwavering support for Longhorn athletics, serving as President of the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor and the T-Association throughout his life.

Riley Zayas

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley

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