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George Brett during his Little League years in 1961-62 in El Segundo, Calif.
George Brett played for the Tigers during his Little League years in El Segundo from 1961-62.
Four-year-old George Brett got a haircut from his dad, Jack, in 1957.
George Brett as a child.
Jack Brett and the Brett boys.
George Brett grew up playing baseball in El Segundo, Calif., although he said he liked football better.
George Brett's high school senior picture from 1971. Right after graduation, he headed to Billings, Mont., to play for the Mustangs.
Tom Ferrick's 1971 scouting report of George Brett mostly rated his skills as fair: three on a scale of one (excellent) to four (poor).
Joe Stephenson's 1971 scouting report on George Brett called him a "fringe" prospect.
George Brett's first professional baseball experience came in 1971 with the Billings Mustangs in Montana.
George Brett (second row, third player from right) hit .274 with 10 home runs and 68 RBIs for the 1972 San Jose Bees in the Class A California League. He skipped Class AA and started 1973 with the Class AAA Omaha Royals before his major-league call-up on Aug. 2.
George Brett (in the early 1970s), back then the great pine-tar incident was only a gleam in his eye.
George Brett was one of the youthful faces highlighted by the Royals in their 1974 yearbook.
Before Brett's rookie season, the Royals' 1974 yearbook heralded the arrival of the promising young third baseman.
In this 1974 game against Baltimore, George Brett hadn't quite established his presence at the plate.
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