George Brett

Birthdate 5/15/1953
Death Date
Debut Year 1973
Year of Induction 1999
Teams Royals
Position Third Base

George Brett is one of 4 players with 3,000 hits, 300 homers, and a .300 average — the other 3 are Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Stan Musial.

 

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George Brett writes about dedication to the game

George Brett writes about dedication to the game

George Brett played his entire career in Kansas City, making the All Star game 13 consecutive times over the course of his 21-year career. Shown here is a type-written letter on Royals letterhead in which Brett obliges the request to write his quote from The Edge, a book of inspirational quotes. A
A.L. President Lee MacPhail writes about overturning McClelland's on-field decision

A.L. President Lee MacPhail writes about overturning McClelland's on-field decision

Though the umpires were correct in their application of the rule, Royals’ GM John Schuerholz appealed the decision to American League President Lee MacPhail who overruled the on-field decision. In this letter MacPhail writes about
Home plate umpire Tim McClelland reflects on Pine Tar game

Home plate umpire Tim McClelland reflects on Pine Tar game

George Brett’s singular most memorable moment in the big leagues was the Pine Tar incident. On July 24, 1983, he hit a two-out ninth inning homer off of Hall of Famer Goose Gossage to give the Royals a 5-4 lead. New York manager Billy Martin appealed the
KC GM John Schuerholz writes about his role in writing the protest letter to AL President Lee MacPhail

KC GM John Schuerholz writes about his role in writing the protest letter to AL President Lee MacPhail

After George Brett’s homer was wiped away by the umpires, KC GM John Schuerholz had to file a letter of formal protest. Shown here is a questionnaire in which Schuerholz writes of the protest letter and the events surrounding the Pine Tar game. Interesting to note that the
Handwritten reflection from Lee MacPhail - A.L. President

Handwritten reflection from Lee MacPhail - A.L. President

Longtime executive Lee MacPhail joined his father in 1998 when he was voted into the Hall of Fame. The pair remains the only father-son duo in Cooperstown. Shown here is a handwritten reflection from the junior MacPhail about his role in the Pine Tar decision. The focus of the letter is the spirit o
Lee MacPhail overruled the umpires' decision in the Pine Tar game

Lee MacPhail overruled the umpires' decision in the Pine Tar game

What might be a nice piece of memorabilia in many collections is a sort of afterthought here. On a piece of paper with Brett’s image and a New York Times headline, “Brett Homer Nullified, so Yankees Win” American League President Lee MacPhail handwrites, “I reversed the Pine

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