George Brett wasn’t only future star on 1973 Royals

07/30/2013 4:26 PM

08/01/2013 12:18 PM

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

Player How acquired Royals 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 grad Eight-time Gold Glover
P Steve Busby MLB Draft Threw two no-hitters
P Paul Splittorff MLB Draft Royals’ 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.

Season Record (AL West finish) Manager
1969 69-93 (fourth of six) Joe Gordon
1970 65-97 (fourth) Charlie Metro, Bob Lemon
1971 85-76 (second) Lemon
1972 76-78 (fourth) Lemon
1973 88-74 (second) Jack McKeon



Join the Discussion

The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service