Q. You were part of an all-star infield with third baseman Ken Boyer, shortstop Dick Groat and second baseman Julian Javier. Was that the best infield you’ve ever seen?
Bill White: It was a good infield. It probably was not the best. Ken Boyer might have been the best third baseman I’d seen or played with. Groat had mobility problems. He understood how to play the hitters, but he had very little range and he didn’t have that real good arm. Javier was a pretty good second baseman. He made a great double play and he could go way out to center field for pop-ups because Curt Flood played a deep center field.
It was a good infield, the best infield that I was on, but I’m not sure it was the best ever. It might have been the best Cardinals infield.
Q: In 1964, the Cardinals’ offense was struggling. On June 15, the Cardinals acquired Lou Brock from the Cubs for Ernie Broglio. Did you know then the trade would turn out so well for the Cardinals?
Bill White: None of us did. We all thought it was nuts. Lou was a raw talent. At that point, he didn’t really understand baseball. He might try to steal while 10 runs up or 10 runs down.
When he got to St. Louis, Johnny Keane told him what he expected of him, and he turned him loose. I think Lou relaxed in St. Louis. Now he’s in the Hall of Fame. Without Brock, we would not have won.