George Brett

Birthdate5/15/1953
Death Date
Debut Year1973
Year of Induction1999
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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The pine tar game was the one of the most memorable days in George Brett's career

The pine tar game was the one of the most memorable days in George Brett's career

George Brett is remembered today for many things. Th13-time All Star  won three batting titles, three Gold Glove Awards and was the 1980 American League Most Valuable Player. Despite all the accomplishments, the singular moment for which he is best known in the pine tar game. It happened on July 24
Tim McClelland was the home plate umpire for the Pine Tar game

Tim McClelland was the home plate umpire for the 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 play citing a rule that a foreign substance can extend no more than 17 inches from the knob.
KC GM John Schuerholz wrote the protest letter to AL President Lee MacPhail

KC GM John Schuerholz wrote 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 9th inning was repla
American League president Lee Mac Phail overruled the on-field decision of the umpires

American League president Lee Mac Phail overruled the on-field decision of the umpires

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
George Brett won batting titles in three different decades

George Brett won batting titles in three different decades

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. The only player to earn a batting title in three different decades, Brett is one of the greatest third basemen in the history of the game. A career .305 hitter, Brett averaged a career-high .390 in his MVP year of

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