Becoming George Brett

George Brett wasn’t only future star on 1973 Royals

Updated: 2013-08-01T17:18:32Z

The Kansas City Star

When George Brett joined the Royals in 1973, eight teammates would join him in the team’s Hall of Fame:

PlayerHow acquiredRoyals highlight
1B John Mayberry in trade from Astros 143 home runs
2B Cookie Rojas in trade from Cardinals Four-time AL All-Star
SS Freddie Patek in trade from Pirates 336 stolen bases
CF Amos Otis in trade from Mets Three-time Royals player of the year
DH Hal McRae in trade from Reds Three-time All-Star
2B Frank White Royals Academy gradEight-time Gold Glover
P Steve Busby MLB DraftThrew two no-hitters
P Paul Splittorff MLB DraftRoyals’ record 166 victories

Rise of the Royals

The Royals finished above .500 in two of the franchise’s first five seasons, including 1973, Brett’s first in the big-leagues.

SeasonRecord (AL West finish)Manager
196969-93 (fourth of six)Joe Gordon
197065-97 (fourth)Charlie Metro, Bob Lemon
197185-76 (second)Lemon
197276-78 (fourth)Lemon
197388-74 (second)Jack McKeon


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