George Brett Stats

George Brett was born on Friday, May 15, 1953, in Glen Dale, West Virginia. Brett was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 2, 1973, with the Kansas City Royals. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive George Brett baseball stats page.

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George Brett Autograph on a 1991 Score Baseball Card (#853 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991sco01' title='1991 Score Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

George Brett Autograph on a 1991 Score Baseball Card (#853 | Checklist )

Birth Name:
George Howard Brett ( Twitter : @GeorgeHBrett )
Nickname:
Mullet
Born On:
05-15-1953  (Taurus)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Glen Dale, West Virginia
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
El Segundo High School (El Segundo, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
200
First Game:
08-02-1973 (Age 20)
Last Game:
10-03-1993
Draft:
1971 : 2nd Round (29th)

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George Brett Pitching Stats

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George Brett Hitting Stats

1973 20 Royals 13 40 2 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 .125 .125 .175
1974 21 Royals 133 457 49 129 21 5 2 0 47 21 3 38 6 2 0 9 .282 .313 .363
1975 22 Royals 159 634 84 195 35 13 11 0 89 46 6 49 9 6 2 8 .308 .353 .456
1976 23 Royals 159 645 94 215 34 14 7 0 67 49 4 36 2 8 1 8 .333 .377 .462
1977 24 Royals 139 564 105 176 32 13 22 0 88 55 9 24 3 3 2 12 .312 .373 .532
1978 25 Royals 128 510 79 150 45 8 9 0 62 39 6 35 3 5 1 6 .294 .342 .467
1979 26 Royals 154 645 119 212 42 20 23 0 107 51 14 36 1 4 0 8 .329 .376 .563
1980 27 Royals 117 449 87 175 33 9 24 1 118 58 16 22 0 7 1 11 .390 .454 .664
1981 28 Royals 89 347 42 109 27 7 6 0 43 27 7 23 0 4 1 7 .314 .361 .484
1982 29 Royals 144 552 101 166 32 9 21 0 82 71 14 51 0 5 1 12 .301 .378 .505
1983 30 Royals 123 464 90 144 38 2 25 0 93 57 13 39 0 3 1 9 .310 .385 .563
1984 31 Royals 104 377 42 107 21 3 13 1 69 38 6 37 0 7 0 11 .284 .344 .459
1985 32 Royals 155 550 108 184 38 5 30 0 112 103 31 49 0 9 3 12 .335 .436 .585
1986 33 Royals 124 441 70 128 28 4 16 0 73 80 18 45 0 4 4 6 .290 .401 .481
1987 34 Royals 115 427 71 124 18 2 22 0 78 72 14 47 0 8 1 10 .290 .388 .496
1988 35 Royals 157 589 90 180 42 3 24 0 103 82 15 51 0 7 3 15 .306 .389 .509
1989 36 Royals 124 457 67 129 26 3 12 0 80 59 14 47 0 9 3 18 .282 .362 .431
1990 37 Royals 142 544 82 179 45 7 14 0 87 56 14 63 0 7 0 18 .329 .387 .515
1991 38 Royals 131 505 77 129 40 2 10 0 61 58 10 75 1 8 0 20 .255 .327 .402
1992 39 Royals 152 592 55 169 35 5 7 0 61 35 6 69 0 4 6 15 .285 .330 .397
1993 40 Royals 145 560 69 149 31 3 19 0 75 39 9 67 0 10 3 20 .266 .312 .434
21 Years 2,707 10,349 1,583 3,154 665 137 317 2 1,595 1,096 229 908 26 120 33 235 .305 .369 .487

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George Brett Fielding Stats

1973 Royals 3B 13 9 288 38 2.9 37 9 28 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .974 3.47
1974 Royals 3B 132 128 3,404 402 3.0 381 102 279 21 16 n/a n/a n/a .948 3.02
1974 Royals SS 1 0 9 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1975 Royals 3B 159 159 4,270 512 3.2 486 131 355 26 27 n/a n/a n/a .949 3.07
1975 Royals SS 1 0 6 2 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1976 Royals 3B 157 157 4,196 501 3.2 475 140 335 26 22 n/a n/a n/a .948 3.06
1976 Royals SS 4 2 86 21 5.3 21 6 15 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.59
1977 Royals 3B 135 134 3,552 460 3.4 440 115 325 20 33 n/a n/a n/a .957 3.34
1977 Royals SS 1 0 3 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1978 Royals 3B 128 128 3,307 409 3.2 393 104 289 16 25 n/a n/a n/a .961 3.21
1978 Royals SS 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1979 Royals 1B 8 5 153 53 6.6 52 47 5 1 6 n/a n/a n/a .981 9.18
1979 Royals 3B 149 148 3,862 532 3.6 502 129 373 30 28 n/a n/a n/a .944 3.51
1980 Royals 1B 1 1 24 4 4.0 4 4 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1980 Royals 3B 112 112 2,984 376 3.4 359 103 256 17 28 n/a n/a n/a .955 3.25
1981 Royals 3B 88 87 2,275 258 2.9 244 74 170 14 7 n/a n/a n/a .946 2.90
1982 Royals 3B 134 132 3,450 418 3.1 401 107 294 17 22 n/a n/a n/a .959 3.14
1982 Royals LF 12 11 297 25 2.1 25 24 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.27
1983 Royals 1B 14 12 297 108 7.7 107 104 3 1 9 n/a n/a n/a .991 9.73
1983 Royals 3B 102 97 2,453 297 2.9 273 85 188 24 25 n/a n/a n/a .919 3.00
1983 Royals LF 6 6 153 13 2.2 13 12 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.29
1983 Royals RF 7 6 168 7 1.0 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.13
1984 Royals 3B 101 101 2,368 274 2.7 260 59 201 14 18 n/a n/a n/a .949 2.96
1985 Royals 3B 152 152 4,019 461 3.0 446 107 339 15 33 n/a n/a n/a .967 3.00
1986 Royals 3B 115 115 2,970 331 2.9 315 97 218 16 17 n/a n/a n/a .952 2.86
1986 Royals SS 2 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1987 Royals 1B 83 83 2,161 854 10.3 848 798 50 6 69 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.60
1987 Royals 3B 11 11 268 29 2.6 26 7 19 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .897 2.62
1988 Royals 1B 124 124 3,225 1,206 9.7 1,196 1,126 70 10 105 n/a n/a n/a .992 10.01
1988 Royals SS 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1989 Royals 1B 104 105 2,704 978 9.4 976 896 80 2 71 n/a n/a n/a .998 9.75
1989 Royals LF 2 0 15 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.60
1990 Royals 1B 102 100 2,631 938 9.2 931 865 66 7 89 n/a n/a n/a .993 9.55
1990 Royals 3B 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1990 Royals LF 2 2 49 6 3.0 6 5 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.31
1990 Royals RF 7 7 159 9 1.3 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.53
1991 Royals 1B 10 10 252 93 9.3 92 87 5 1 6 n/a n/a n/a .989 9.86
1992 Royals 1B 15 15 399 151 10.1 149 137 12 2 9 n/a n/a n/a .987 10.08
1992 Royals 3B 3 3 78 8 2.7 7 2 5 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .875 2.42
3B Totals 1,692 1,673 43,747 5,307 3.1 5,046 1,372 3,674 261 307 n/a n/a n/a .951 3.11
1B Totals 461 455 11,846 4,385 9.5 4,355 4,064 291 30 365 n/a n/a n/a .993 9.93
LF Totals 22 19 514 46 2.1 46 43 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.42
RF Totals 14 13 327 16 1.1 16 16 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.32
SS Totals 11 2 119 24 2.2 23 7 16 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .958 5.22
20 Years 2,200 2,162 56,553 9,778 4.4 9,486 5,502 3,984 292 674 n/a n/a n/a .970 4.53

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George Brett Miscellaneous Stats

1973 Royals 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0.0 8.0 0.0 - - -
1974 Royals 8 5 .615 2 1 0 228.5 12.0 9.7 - - -
1975 Royals 13 10 .565 0 0 0 57.6 12.9 7.1 - - -
1976 Royals 21 11 .656 0 0 0 92.1 17.9 9.6 - - -
1977 Royals 14 12 .538 3 1 3 25.6 23.5 6.4 - - -
1978 Royals 23 7 .767 0 0 0 56.7 14.6 8.2 - - -
1979 Royals 17 10 .630 0 0 1 28.0 17.9 6.0 - - -
1980 Royals 15 6 .714 4 0 0 18.7 20.4 3.8 - - -
1981 Royals 14 6 .700 1 1 0 57.8 15.1 8.1 - - -
1982 Royals 6 1 .857 0 0 0 26.3 10.8 6.7 - - -
1983 Royals 0 1 .000 1 0 1 18.6 11.9 5.0 - - -
1984 Royals 0 2 .000 3 0 0 29.0 10.2 5.5 - - -
1985 Royals 9 1 .900 2 0 1 18.3 11.2 4.9 - - -
1986 Royals 1 2 .333 2 0 7 27.6 9.8 6.0 - - -
1987 Royals 6 3 .667 0 0 21 19.4 9.1 5.5 - - -
1988 Royals 14 3 .824 0 0 33 24.5 11.5 5.7 - - -
1989 Royals 14 4 .778 3 0 17 38.1 9.7 5.7 - - -
1990 Royals 9 2 .818 2 0 32 38.9 8.6 6.3 - - -
1991 Royals 2 0 1.000 3 0 118 50.5 6.7 8.3 - - -
1992 Royals 8 6 .571 3 0 132 84.6 8.6 9.7 - - -
1993 Royals 7 5 .583 6 0 140 29.5 8.4 7.5 - - -
21 Years 201 97 .674 35 4 506 32.6 11.4 6.5 - - -

George Brett

George Brett Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1973 Kansas City Royals 25 $15,000.00 - -
1974 Kansas City Royals 25 $15,000.00 - -
1975 Kansas City Royals 5 $16,000.00 - -
1976 Kansas City Royals 5 $126,000.00 Stats -
1977 Kansas City Royals 5 $130,000.00 Stats -
1978 Kansas City Royals 5 $135,000.00 Stats -
1979 Kansas City Royals 5 $140,000.00 Stats -
1980 Kansas City Royals 5 $140,000.00 Stats Stats
1981 Kansas City Royals 5 $190,000.00 Stats -
1982 Kansas City Royals 5 $1,000,000.00 Stats -
1983 Kansas City Royals 5 $1,000,000.00 Stats -
1984 Kansas City Royals 5 $1,000,000.00 Stats -
1985 Kansas City Royals 5 $1,000,000.00 Stats Stats
1986 Kansas City Royals 5 $1,471,429.00 Stats -
1987 Kansas City Royals 5 $2,055,000.00 - -
1988 Kansas City Royals 5 $2,305,000.00 Stats -
1989 Kansas City Royals 5 $2,005,000.00 - -
1990 Kansas City Royals 5 $2,255,000.00 - -
1991 Kansas City Royals 5 $3,105,000.00 - -
1992 Kansas City Royals 5 $3,100,000.00 - -
1993 Kansas City Royals 5 $2,750,000.00 - -
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Did you know that George Brett is a member of the 3,000 Hits Club and his 3,154 career hits are the most by any third baseman in Major League history (plus top-twenty in Top 1,000 )? Join Baseball Almanac as we take a look at some additional numbers of interest as they relate one of the best third baseman in Major League history:

3 - George Brett is the only player in Major League history with a batting championship in three different decades (.333 in 1976, .390 in 1980 & .329 in 1990).

4 - George Brett is one of four players to have 3,000+ hits, 300+ home runs and a .300+ batting average - the other three are Hank Aaron , Willie Mays & Stan Musial .

5 - George Brett had his number ( #5 ) retired by the Kansas City Royals on April 7, 1994. It was the second number retired in Royals history, preceded by former Manager Dick Howser ( #10 ) in 1987.

24 - George Brett had more than 24 inches of pine tar (rule states no foreign substance on a bat can extend any further than 18 inches from the knob) on his bat, July 24, 1983 , resulting in one of the most famous altercations in big league history and legendarily known now as " The Pine Tar Incident ."

55 - George Brett was ranked by The Sporting on their list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players ever as the fifty-fifth best in baseball history.

98.2 - George Brett was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, receiving 98.2% of the votes, the fourth-highest voting percentage in Hall of Fame history at the time, trailing only Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan and Ty Cobb.

George Brett hit for the cycle on May 28, 1979 . George Brett hit for the cycle on July 25, 1990 . George Brett holds the Major League record for longest times between cycles (11 years, 57 days). Baseball Almanac likes to take a look "beyond the stats" and we hope you enjoy the following George Brett biographical information written by Dennis E. Yuhasz :

GEORGE BRETT BIOGRAPHY

He was a part of a scenario we seldom see in baseball anymore, a top contending team identified by one player. It happened often through history until the coming of free agency in the 1970's. In the 20's it was Ruth and the Yankees, in later decades Williams and the Red Sox, DiMaggio and the Yankees, Musial and the Cardinals, Mays and the Giants, Aaron and the Braves and Mantle and the Yankees. In the 70's and 80's it was the Kansas City Royals and George Brett. The Royals of that time were bonafide contenders year after year and if you were going to beat them your best chance was to stop their Superstar Brett who won batting titles, played stellar defense and was one of the top clutch players of his time. "When the game was on the line, we all wanted George at the plate," said KC's John Wathan.

George Brett's career did not get of to a quick start as the Kansas City third baseman batted just .282 and drove in a mere 47 runs in 1974. He blossomed the next season when, after applying the hitting style taught to him by hitting Coach Charlie Lau, he hit .308, stroked 195 hits, had 89 RBI and used all fields to hit 13 triples. He won his first batting title in 1976 with a .333 average and had his first season of 200 hits (215) while helping the Royals win the American League's Western Division. In the ALCS he batted .444 and slugged a game tying Game Five three run home run only to see KC finally lose in heartbreaking fashion to the Yankees on a Chris Chambliss homer in the bottom of the ninth. The pattern continued for Brett and the Royals the next two seasons as they mad it three consecutive AL West Titles and three straight defeats to the Yankees despite fine performances by their now perennial All-Star third baseman. In the 1977 ALCS he batted .300 but KC blew a late inning fifth game lead and lost, and in 1978 they went out in four games even losing Game Three with Brett slamming three home runs off Catfish Hunter.

The Royals and Brett finally overcame all their frustration at the hands of the Yankees in a storybook 1980 season. Brett fought off various injuries to come closer than anyone at that time to bat .400 for the first time since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. At one point during the season he hit safely in 30 straight games and he was at the coveted .400 mark as late as September 20 before finally finishing with a league leading .390. He also drove in a career high 118 runs and despite missing 45 games was voted American League MVP. "If God had him no balls and two strikes, he'd still get a hit," marveled American League Umpire Steve Palermo.

In the ALCS against their old nemesis the Yankees, Kansas City jumped out on New York taking the first two games at home but trailed 2-0 going to the seventh inning of Game Three at Yankee Stadium with New York's ace reliever, Rich Gossage poised to get the final outs and put the Yanks back in the series. But Brett saw to it that that this season would be different as he drove a Gossage fastball into the upper deck in right field to put the Royals in the lead and propel them to a sweep over their arch rival. However, despite Brett's .375 average Kansas City fell to the Phillies in a six game World Series.

Brett led the Royals to another Al West Title in 1984 and the following season the Royals made it back to the World Series defeating Toronto in a seven games series with Brett homering three times and batting .348. This time KC reached the mountain top as they overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Cardinals in seven games for the franchises first and only World Title. There would be no more post season play for George Brett after 1985 but he continued his stellar play despite injury plagued seasons. In 1987 he moved from third base to first base and maintained his offensive prowess despite the switch. In 1990 he won his third Batting Crown hitting .329 making him the first hitter to win batting titles in three different decades and led the AL in doubles tying his career best of 45. In 1992 he joined the exclusive 3000 hit club in grand style with four hits in a 4-0 Royals win over the Angels and went on to finish with a career total of 3154.

George Brett ended his playing days with a .305 batting average. He is the first player to total 3000 hits, 600 doubles, 100 triples, 1500 RBI and 200 stolen bases for a career. Brett batted .340 in 27 ALCS games with 35 hits and 22 runs scored. He holds ALCS records for slugging (.728), and OPS (1.128). Brett holds overall LCS marks in homeruns (9, tied with Bernie Williams) and triples (4), and is second with 75 total bases and 18 extra base hits League Championship Play. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999.

George Brett Hall of Fame Plaque
George Brett | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1999 ( HOF )
In 1999, George Brett was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot, receiving 98.19% of the possible votes, the fourth-highest voting percentage at the time - trailing only Tom Seaver (98.84%), Nolan Ryan (98.79%), and Ty Cobb (98.23%).

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