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Baseball great Lou Brock battling cancer

April 11, 2017: This file photo shows former St. Louis Cardinals great Lou Brock being introduced before the start a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers.

April 11, 2017: This file photo shows former St. Louis Cardinals great Lou Brock being introduced before the start a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers.  (AP/File)

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock is suffering from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that starts in the bone marrow’s plasma cells.

The team said Brock was diagnosed recently and is undergoing treatment in St. Louis.

“I am disappointed that I won’t be able to make the event,” Brock said in a release, referring to an April 25 appearance at Busch Stadium. “Jackie (Brock’s wife) and I appreciate the prayers and support we have received from our many friends and fans in the Cardinals community. We count ourselves blessed that I am receiving the best possible medical treatment and we look forward to seeing many more Cardinals World Series championships in the future.”

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Brock, 77, was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985 after a 19-year career in which he stole 938 bases — still a National League record. He posted 12 seasons with 50 or more steals in a season, and he ranks 25th on the all-time list with 3,023 hits.

Brock’s illness kept him from Cards’ Spring Training camp, where he usually serves as a guest instructor. He was missing from the team’s Opening Day festivities as well.

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