Becoming George Brett

Brett’s first season as a Royal, game-by-game

Updated: 2013-07-29T15:41:52Z

The Kansas City Star

The story of George Brett’s major-league career had an inauspicious opening chapter.

In 13 games late in the 1973 season, nine of them starts at third base, Brett committed just one error but batted a paltry .125.

At one point, the future Hall of Famer who would go on to hit .305 for his career with 3,154 total hits, saw his average dip to .080.

Here were his game-by-game stats at the plate from 1973:

August

DateOpponentAt the plateAvg.
2at Chicagoone for four, strikeout.250
4at Minnesotaone for three, run scored.286
5at Minnesotazero for three.200
8Bostonzero for four, run scored.143

Sent back to Class AAA Omaha; recalled in September.

September

DateOpponentAt the plateAvg.
8Californiazero for one.133
18Minnesotazero for four, two strikeouts.105
20Chicagono official at-bats.105
22Texaszero for four.087
23Texaszero for two.080
26at Chicagoone for five.100
28at Texaszero for three, strikeout.091
29at Texaszero for three, strikeout.083
30at Texastwo for four, two doubles.125
Totals five for 40, two doubles, five strikeouts .125

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