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Full Name: George Howard Brett Primary Position: 3B,DH,1B
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/185 First Game: August 2, 1973
Birthdate: May 15, 1953 Final Game: October 3, 1993
Birthplace: Glen Dale, West Virginia MLB Experience: 21 years
Bat/Throw: Left/Right
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999


Biography

George Brett played his entire 21-year MLB career with the Kansas City Royals. In 1985, he and the Royals won the World Series title, beating the St. Louis Cardinals. George won the AL MVP Award in 1980 and was selected to 13 All-Star Game appearances during his career. He retired in 1993 with 3,154 hits and a lifetime batting average of .305.

Brett was selected to the Hall-of-Fame in 1999 with an impressive 98% of the votes.

The "Pine Tar" Incident

On July 24, 1983, Brett and his Kansas City Royals were in New York to take on the Yankees.

With the Royals down 4-3 in the top of the ninth inning, Brett came to the plate with 2 outs and a runner on against Yankees closer Goose Gossage. Brett took Gossage deep, bringing two runs home to take the lead against the Yanks.

After Brett crossed home plate and took a seat in the dugout, Yankees' manager Billy Martin came out of the home dugout to talk to home plate umpire Tim McClelland. After a brief conversation with Martin, the rest of the umpiring crew was called in and joined McClelland at home plate for a conference. After the discussion, McClelland measured the pine tar on Brett's bat against the front side of home plate and found that it actually violated Rule 1.10(b) of MLB's Official Rulebook. As a result, McClelland turned to the Royals' dugout and called Brett out, nullifying his home run, 2 RBI, and Kansas City's lead.

In one of the most famous turns of events in baseball history, an infuriated Brett went berzerk, and rushied from the dugout, arms flailing, and headed full speed at McClelland and Martin. Fortunately, he ended up being restrained by his teammates. Brett was immediately tossed from the game. And despite Kansas City manager Dick Houser's arguments, the call was upheld and the Yankees were awarded the win.

The Royals filed an official protest with the league office. American League President Lee MacPhail upheld Kansas City's protest, claiming that George Brett's pine tar did not violate the "spirit of the rule" and ordered the game to be finished from the point that George Brett crossed home plate.

Three weeks and four days later, the "Pine Tar Game" was resumed. As a protest of MacPhail's reversal, Martin played Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry in centerfield and first baseman Don Mattingly at second. After a mere 12 minutes, Royals' closer Dan Quisenberry shut the door on the Yanks to preserve Kansas City's victory, ending one of history's most infamous baseball games.

He is the brother of Ken Brett.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1973 KC A 13 40 2 5 0 0 .125 .125 .175 2 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
1974 KC A 133 457 49 129 2 47 .282 .313 .363 21 5 21 38 0 6 8 3 9
1975 KC A 159 634 84 195 11 89 .308 .353 .456 35 13 46 49 2 9 13 6 8
1976 KC A 159 645 94 215 7 67 .333 .377 .462 34 14 49 36 1 2 21 4 8
1977 KC A 139 564 105 176 22 88 .312 .373 .532 32 13 55 24 2 3 14 9 12
1978 KC A 128 510 79 150 9 62 .294 .342 .467 45 8 39 35 1 3 23 6 6
1979 KC A 154 645 119 212 23 107 .329 .376 .563 42 20 51 36 0 1 17 14 8
1980 KC A 117 449 87 175 24 118 .390 .454 .664 33 9 58 22 1 0 15 16 11
1981 KC A 89 347 42 109 6 43 .314 .361 .484 27 7 27 23 1 0 14 7 7
1982 KC A 144 552 101 166 21 82 .301 .378 .505 32 9 71 51 1 0 6 14 12
1983 KC A 123 464 90 144 25 93 .310 .385 .563 38 2 57 39 1 0 0 13 9
1984 KC A 104 377 42 107 13 69 .284 .344 .459 21 3 38 37 0 0 0 6 11
1985 KC A 155 550 108 184 30 112 .335 .436 .585 38 5 103 49 3 0 9 31 12
1986 KC A 124 441 70 128 16 73 .290 .401 .481 28 4 80 45 4 0 1 18 6
1987 KC A 115 427 71 124 22 78 .290 .388 .496 18 2 72 47 1 0 6 14 10
1988 KC A 157 589 90 180 24 103 .306 .389 .509 42 3 82 51 3 0 14 15 15
1989 KC A 124 457 67 129 12 80 .282 .362 .431 26 3 59 47 3 0 14 14 18
1990 KC A 142 544 82 179 14 87 .329 .387 .515 45 7 56 63 0 0 9 14 18
1991 KC A 131 505 77 129 10 61 .255 .327 .402 40 2 58 75 0 1 2 10 20
1992 KC A 152 592 55 169 7 61 .285 .330 .397 35 5 35 69 6 0 8 6 15
1993 KC A 145 560 69 149 19 75 .266 .312 .434 31 3 39 67 3 0 7 9 20
Total 2707 10349 1583 3154 317 1595 .305 .369 .487 665 137 1096 908 33 26 201 229 235

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1973 KC A 3B 13 9 96 9 28 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .974
1974 KC A SS 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1974 KC A 3B 132 128 1134.2 102 279 21 16 0 0 0 0 0 .948
1975 KC A 3B 159 159 1423.1 131 355 26 27 0 0 0 0 0 .949
1975 KC A SS 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1976 KC A 3B 157 157 1398.2 140 335 26 22 0 0 0 0 0 .948
1976 KC A SS 4 2 28.2 6 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1977 KC A DH 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1977 KC A SS 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1977 KC A 3B 135 134 1184 115 325 20 33 0 0 0 0 0 .957
1978 KC A SS 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1978 KC A 3B 128 128 1102.1 104 289 16 25 0 0 0 0 0 .961
1979 KC A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1979 KC A 3B 149 148 1287.1 129 373 30 28 0 0 0 0 0 .944
1979 KC A 1B 8 5 51 47 5 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1980 KC A 1B 1 1 8 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1980 KC A 3B 112 112 994.2 103 256 17 28 0 0 0 0 0 .955
1981 KC A 3B 88 87 758.1 74 170 14 7 0 0 0 0 0 .946
1982 KC A LF 12 11 99 24 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1982 KC A OF 12 11 99 23 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1982 KC A 3B 134 132 1150 107 294 17 22 0 0 0 0 0 .959
1983 KC A 1B 14 12 99 104 3 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1983 KC A LF 6 6 51 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1983 KC A OF 13 12 107 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1983 KC A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1983 KC A 3B 102 97 817.2 85 188 24 25 0 0 0 0 0 .919
1983 KC A RF 7 6 56 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1984 KC A 3B 101 101 789.1 59 201 14 18 0 0 0 0 0 .949
1985 KC A 3B 152 152 1339.2 107 339 15 33 0 0 0 0 0 .967
1985 KC A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1986 KC A DH 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1986 KC A SS 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1986 KC A 3B 115 115 990 97 218 16 17 0 0 0 0 0 .952
1987 KC A DH 21 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1987 KC A 3B 11 11 89.1 7 19 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 .897
1987 KC A 1B 83 83 720.1 798 50 6 69 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1988 KC A DH 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1988 KC A SS 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1988 KC A 1B 124 124 1075 1126 70 10 105 1 0 0 0 0 .992
1989 KC A DH 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1989 KC A OF 2 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1989 KC A 1B 105 105 901.1 896 80 2 71 0 0 0 0 0 .998
1989 KC A LF 2 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1990 KC A 3B 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1990 KC A 1B 102 100 877 865 66 7 89 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1990 KC A RF 7 7 53 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1990 KC A DH 32 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1990 KC A LF 2 2 16.1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1990 KC A OF 9 9 69.1 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1991 KC A DH 118 118 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1991 KC A 1B 10 10 84 87 5 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1992 KC A DH 132 131 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1992 KC A 1B 15 15 133 137 12 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1992 KC A 3B 3 3 26 2 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .875
1993 KC A DH 140 139 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total DH 505 500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 14 13 109 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total 1B 462 455 3948.2 4064 291 30 365 1 0 0 0 0 .993
Total LF 22 19 171.1 43 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total SS 11 2 39.2 7 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .958
Total 3B 1692 1673 14582.1 1372 3674 261 307 0 0 0 0 0 .951
Total OF 36 32 280.1 60 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000

Transactions

  • Selected by Kansas City Royals in the 2nd round of the free-agent draft (June 8, 1971).

Trivia

  • Brett was the first player in MLB history to compile 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, 600 doubles, 100 triples, 1,500 RBI, and 200 steals over the course of a career.
  • Won the AL MVP Award in 1980. His .390 batting aveage that year was the highest single-season mark since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941.
  • Won the 1985 ALCS MVP Award.
  • Won the 1985 Gold Glove Award at third base.
  • Finished 2nd in MVP voting twice: (1976 and 1985).
  • Finished 3rd in MVP voting in 1979.
  • Won three Silver Slugger Awards: (1980, 1985, and 1988).
  • Won three Batting Titles: (1976-.333, 1980-.390, 1990-.329).
  • Led the AL in:
OBP once (1980)
SLG three times (1980, 1983, 1985)
OPS three times (1980, 1983, 1985)
At Bats twice (1975, 1976)
Hits three times (1975, 1976, 1979)
Total Bases once (1976)
Doubles twice (1978, 1990)
Triples three times (1975, 1976, 1979)
Singles once (1976)
Extra Base Hits once (1979)


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