Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Little did 20-year-old George Brett know that the Royals clubhouse he walked into for the first time in 1973 was the most skillfully crafted team in Major League Baseballs 1969 expansion class.
George Brett walked into a clubhouse with star potential when he joined the Royals in 1973. Eight of his teammates would join him in the team’s Hall of Fame.
Discovering George Brett entailed seeing potential in a skinny, 18-year-old shortstop ... and several scouts had a hand in the process.
The Royals selection of George Brett in the 1971 baseball draft went on to become a franchise-defining move. But Brett wasnt the teams first-round pick. Here are the 28 players who were chosen ahead of him.
George Brett is walking his dogs on a recent summer morning as he talks about his surprise call to the big leagues 40 years ago this week and the legendary career that followed. So many memories are coming back to him. Like that June day back in 1971, when he just wanted to see a map. Im going, Where the (hell) is Kansas City? he says. And Who the (hell) are the Kansas City Royals?
The flip-flops, cutoffs and T-shirt didnt last long in Montana, young George Bretts first stop in a professional baseball ascension from Southern California to Kansas City.
The story of George Bretts major-league career had an inauspicious opening chapter. He made just one error in 13 games late in the 1973 season but hit .125.
Did you name your little one after George Brett? Tell us, and be included in our special project commemorating the 40th anniversary of Brett’s call-up to the major leagues in 1973. Here are some of the submissions so far.
Today marks 30 years since the Pine Tar Game at Yankee Stadium - that indelible baseball moment that took place on a remarkably pleasant Sunday afternoon. Brett hit a dramatic two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning against Yankees closer Goose Gossage that was ruled out after a dispute about pine tar on his bat.
George Brett says he never tires, even after 30 years, of discussing that indelible baseball moment that took place on a remarkably pleasant Sunday afternoon temperatures in the mid-70s for late July in the Bronx. Thats right. Wednesday will mark 30 years since the Pine Tar Game at Yankee Stadium.
George Bretts days are easy when he wants, sunny when he wants, luxurious always. Thats what made this experiment so interesting, the one where the man who worked himself into a kings life as a baseball star chooses the grunts life as a hitting coach. He is going back to being a king, but he will miss being a grunt.
Hall of Fame icon George Brett promised the Royals on May 30 that hed commit for one month as their interim hitting coach. On Thursday, after two months in the role, he stepped away from that duty. "I just felt it was time for me to move on," Brett said.