Lou Brock's ceremonial first pitch Monday for the Cardinals' home opener was more than just a typical pre-game ritual. It also represented a comeback from a serious health scare.MORE: Greatest Cardinals of all time The Cardinals Hall of Famer threw a strike right down the middle less than six months after having his left leg amputated below the knee because of a diabetes-related infection, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The infection also spread to the 76-year-old Brock's

heart, lungs and kidneys, and he also had heart bypass surgery. Now recovered from those scares, Brock still looks comfortable with a baseball in his hand.Lou Brock's inspirational first pitch. #OpeningDaySTL @Cardinalshttps://t.co/llrUpysF6Q— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) April 11, 2016 His pitch to Cardinals great Ted Simmons from 35 feet away had plenty of zip. Here's another view from a fan. Lou Brock throws out first pitch @Region8News pic.twitter.com/rGNir8VzwO— Jason Hurst (@JHurstKAIT8) April 11, 2016MORE: Best all-time players by jersey numberThe Cardinals won 10-1, but Brock stole the show.

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