Born: May 15, 1953

George Brett just finished the greatest career in Kansas City Royals history. Brett is the club career leader in every offensive category except stolen bases. He finished his career with a .305 batting average, collecting 3,154 career hits (11th on the all-time list), won Royals’ Player-of-the-Year honors eight times and has been invited to 13 All-Star Games. He has been named American League Player-of-the-Week on 12 occasions, the most of any player since the award started in 1974 and holds the AL record for moste intentional walks received in a career (229). Brett led the AL in average (3 times), hits (3 times), total bases (twice), doubles (twice), triples ( 3 times), on-base percentage and slugging percentage (3 times).

Brett was voted the American League MVP in 1980 and MVP of the ALCS in 1985, selected as baseball’s Player-of-the-Year in 1979 by both Baseball Digest and Baseball Bulletin, and named The Sporting News Man-of-the-Year in 1980. He was the recipient of the Joe Cronin Award in 1992 for “significant achievement in a season,” and the Gillette Trophy in 1981 as the top vote-getter for the All-Star Game.

Brett is the only player to win batting titles in three decades : 1976, 1980 and 1990.