» September 29, 1941:
Overshadowed by the .406 mark of Ted Williams and
the hitting streak of Joe DiMaggio, Jeff Heath of
the Indians hits over 20 doubles, triples, and HRs
during the season. The Canadian muscleman will finish
with 32 doubles, 20 triples, and 24 HRs. It will be
38 years before George Brett will duplicate the feat
in the AL.
» May 13, 1976: The Royals beat the White Sox, 13–2, as George Brett sets a major-league record by collecting three hits for the 6th consecutive game, breaking Rod Carew's record. Brett had 3+ hits in games on May 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13th.
» August 17, 1976: George Brett steals home in the 10th to give the Royals a 4–3 win over the Indians.
» September 9, 1976: George Brett is 5-for-5 to lead the Royals to a 6–5 win over the Angels in 10 innings.
» October 3, 1976:
George Brett edges Royals teammate Hal McRae for
the AL batting title, .333 to .332, when his blooper
drops in front of Twins OF Steve Brye and skips over
his head for an inside-the-park HR. McRae believes
the misplay is deliberate, and charges the Twins with
» October 9, 1976:
The Yankees beat the Royals 4-1 in the
AL opener. George Brett's 2 first-inning errors
allow 2 unearned runs, and that is all Catfish
Hunter needs as he goes the distance.
» October 6, 1978: Despite three home runs by George Brett, off Catfish Hunter, the Yankees pull out a 6–5 win in the 3rd game of the LCS. Thurman Munson's 2-run homer in the 8th gives the Yanks a 2-1 series lead. Reggie Jackson hits a 2nd inning homer to match a George Brett blast.
» May 28, 1979: George Brett hits for the cycle to pace the Royals to a5–4 win over the Orioles. Larry Gura is the winning pitcher.
» July 22, 1979: The Royals George Brett has three home runs and five RBI in a 7–6 win over the Rangers.
» September 17, 1979: The Royals George Brett collects his 20th triple of the season in a 16–4 romp over the Angels. Brett becomes the 6th player ever, and the first since Willie Mays in 1957, to collect 20 doubles, 20 triples, and 20 home runs in the same season. He will finish with totals of 42, 20, and 23.
» July 24, 1980: Hours after signing a new 5-year contract that will boost his salary to $1 million per year, Kansas City's George Brett goes 2-for-4 in a 12–4 win over Chicago to raise his batting average to .379. The Royals lead 2nd-place Texas by 11 games in the American League West.
» August 17, 1980: George Brett goes 4-for-4 with five RBI in an 8–3 Kansas City win, raising his batting average to .401 and extending his hitting streak to 29 consecutive games.
» August 19, 1980: Jon Matlack holds George Brett hitless, snapping his hitting streak at 30 consecutive games, but Kansas City rallies for three runs in the 9th to beat Texas 4–3. Brett batted .467 during the streak and knocked in 42 runs.
» August 20, 1980:
George Brett pushes his average to .406 with a 3-for-3 outing in a 5–3 win over Texas.
» September 20, 1980: George Brett goes 0-for-4 in a 9–0 loss to the A's dropping his average below .400 for good. He is now hitting .396 and will finish the season at .390.
» October 10, 1980:
George Brett puts Kansas City into its first World Series by belting a 3-run home run off the Yankees Rich Gossage in the 7th inning, giving the Royals a 4–2 win and a 3-game sweep of the LCS. It's sweet revenge for three ALCS losses to the Bombers.
» October 15, 1980: George Brett is forced out of game two of the World Series in the 6th inning with a severe case of hemorrhoids, and Philadelphia wins 6–4 to take a 2-0 lead. Brett will undergo surgery tomorrow and return for game 3. Mike Schmidt's RBI keys a 4-run rally in the 8th off ace Dan Quisenberry.
» November 18, 1980: Despite having missed 45 games with injuries, George Brett is named American League MVP. The 27-year-old third sacker's .390 average was the highest in the ML since Ted Williams' .406 in 1941. He added 24 home runs and 118 RBI to lead Kansas City to its first AL pennant.
» April 20, 1983: George Brett belts three home runs, the last a 2-run shot in the top of the 9th inning, and drives in seven runs to lead the Royals to an 8–7 win over Detroit.
» July 18, 1983:
At Toronto, George Brett is robbed of an apparent triple by his teammate Mike Armstrong. Brett hits a liner down the RF line that Armstrong, sitting in the bullpen, thinks is foul and retrieves. Ump Bill Kunkel decides to send U.L. Washington, who scored on the play, back the 2B, and Brett is sent to 2B. Brett has a homer off Jim Clancy but KC eventually loses , 8–2.
» July 24, 1983: In the memorable "Pine Tar Game" at Yankee Stadium, George Brett hits an apparent 2-run home run off Rich Gossage to give the Royals a 5–4 lead with two outs in the 9th inning, only to have it taken away when Yankees manager Billy Martin, at the urging of coach Don Zimmer, points out that the pine tar on Brett's bat handle exceeds the 17 inches allowed in the rules. As a result, Brett is called out for illegally batting the ball, giving New York a 4–3 victory. Brett goes ballistic a the Royals immediately protest, and American League President Lee MacPhail overrules his umpires for the first time saying that, while the rules should certainly be rewritten and clarified, the home run will stand and the game will be resumed from that point on August 18th.
» March 18, 1984: White Sox coach Charlie Lau, renowned hitting instructor, dies at the age of 50 after a long bout with cancer. Lau, whose ML average was .255, earned his fame as the Royals batting coach from 1971-78, where his star pupil was George Brett.
» July 10, 1984: On the 50th anniversary of Carl Hubbell's legendary five consecutive strikeouts in the 1934 All-Star Game, National League pitchers Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden combine to fan six batters in a row for a new All-Star Game record in the NL's 3–1 triumph. After Valenzuela whiffs Dave Winfield, Reggie Jackson, and George Brett in the 4th inning, Gooden, the youngest All-Star ever at age 19, fans Lance Parrish, Chet Lemon, and Alvin Davis in the 5th.
» September 30, 1985: Bret Saberhagen pitches a CG win over the Angels to win his 20th game of the year. The win gives the Royals a tie for 1st place in the A.L. West. George Brett and Jim Sundberg homer for KC.
» October 3, 1985:
Bud Black fires a 3-hitter and George Brett slaps a 3-run inside-the-park homer to beat the Angels, 4–0, moving KC back in a tie for the Al West.
» October 4, 1985: George Brett drives in two runs with a bases loaded single and his 2nd inside-the-park homer in two days as the Royals trip the A's, 4–2. The win gives the Royals at least a tie for the American League West title.
» October 11, 1985: George Brett's bat (4-for-4, four runs, three RBI, 11 total bases) bails out 20-game winner Bret Saberhagen, and the Royals squeak past Toronto 6–5.
» October 15, 1985: The Royals once again stave off elimination to the Blue Jays, aided by George Brett's 3rd home run of the series, all off Doyle Alexander. The Royals win 5–3.
» May 25, 1986: George Brett collects his 2,000th hit, off Bryan Clark in the 4th inning of Kansas City's 2–1, 17-inning victory over the White Sox. Brett finishes the day 1-for-7, while Scott Bankhead picks up his first ML win.
» June 1, 1986: George Brett hits his 200th career home run in the 8th inning off Rangers rookie Mitch Williams as Kansas City defeats Texas 5–3. Ruben Sierra collects his first ML hit for the Rangers, a 3-run homer.
» August 27, 1987: The Royals fire manager Billy Gardner, who replaced Dick Howser in spring training, and replace him with John Wathan, the former Kansas City catcher who was managing the club's Triple A Omaha affiliate. In Wathan's ML managerial debut, the Royals win 3–2 on George Brett's 10th-inning home run to move within three games of first-place Minnesota.
» September 8, 1989: Kansas City's George Brett singles for his 2,500th career hit in a 6–0 win over the Twins.
» July 25, 1990: For the 2nd time in his career, George Brett hits for the cycle, as Kansas City beats Toronto, 6–1.
» October 3, 1990:
George Brett pinch hits a single in Kansas City's finale, a 5–2 loss to Cleveland, to end the season at .329 and win the AL batting crown, his 3rd in three decades. Willie McGee's .335 wins the National League batting title despite having been traded out of the league in August. He hits .324 overall.
» September 30, 1992: George Brett of the Royals gets the 3,000th hit of his career, stroking four safeties in Kansas City's 4–0 win over California. Moments later, Brett is picked off base by Tim Fortugno. Rick Reed is the winner, firing the 2nd successive shutout for the Royals.
» May 13, 1993: In the Royals 7-3 victory over the Indians, George Brett hits the 300th home run of his career, making him the 6th player with 300 homers and 3,000 hits. Cleveland OF Albert Belle receives a 3-game suspension for charging the mound after being hit by a pitch from Hipolito Pichardo of the Royals.
» May 28, 1993: Robin Yount and the Brewers defeat George Brett and the Royals, 5-1, in the first meeting of two 3,000-hit players since 1925.
» August 29, 1993: KC's George Brett steals a base in the Royals' 5-4 win over the Red Sox, making him only the 3rd player in history with 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, and 200 SBs. Willie Mays and Hank Aaron are the others to accomplish the feat.
» August 30, 1995: Tiger teammates Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell tie an American League record by playing in their 1,914th game together, a 10–7 loss to the White Sox. The record was set by KC's George Brett and 2B Frank White.
» January 5, 1999: Nolan Ryan, George Brett, and Robin Yount are elected to baseball's Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It is the first time since 1936 that three players are elected simultaneously on their first try. Carlton Fisk finishes 4th in the voting, missing election by 43 votes.
» May 31, 1999:
George Brett and his brothers purchase half ownership of TriDiamond Sports, a bat company, which will be renamed Brett Brothers Bat Co. The company makes bats of composite wood which is supposed to be stronger than the traditional woods.
» July 25, 1999:
George Brett, Robin Yount, Nolan Ryan, Orlando Cepeda, are inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
» September 18, 2002: The Diamondbacks trounce the Padres, 10–3, as 1B Greg Colbrunn hits for the cycle. Colbrunn adds a 2nd home run among five hits and drives home four runs for Arizona. Colbrunn is the first player to hit two home runs in a game while hitting for the cycle since George Brett (May 28, 1979).