George Brett made his MLB debut on August 2, 1973, with the Kansas City Royals. He played every game of his career while wearing a KC Royals jersey, and when he finally retired in 1993, he had secured his legacy as one of the best third basemen ever to take the field.
By the mid '70s, it was clear that Brett was one of best hitters in the major leagues. Brett hit over .300 every season from 1975 to 1983, with the exception of '78 (when he hit a very respectable .294). In 1976, he captured the first of his three AL batting titles. Then he joined the exclusive 20-20-20 club in 1979, after hitting 42 doubles, 20 triples, and 23 home runs for the year. That achievement made him the first player since Willie Mays in 1957 to hit at least 20 doubles, triples, and homers in a single season.
His best year in the batter’s box came in 1980, when he nearly became the first player since Ted Williams to hit .400 in a season. Brett’s average was over .400 for a good part of the season, but he was troubled by injuries, and eventually ended the season at .390. His valiant effort earned him American League MVP honors.
Brett concluded his career with 317 home runs, 3,154 hits, and a .305 lifetime batting average. George Brett's jersey number (5) was retired by the Royals shortly afterward. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.
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