Even though it has been over twenty years since George Brett retired, he is still the face of the Kansas City Royals to most baseball fans. Let us take a look at the five most memorable moments during the career of the Royals very own Number Five.
Any fan of the Kansas City Royals, or baseball in general, knows George Brett’s place in history. His accomplishments read like the novelization of what any kid dreams of being as a baseball player, as Brett became the first player to win a batting title in three different decades, and won an MVP award and a Gold Glove. His 3156 hits rank 16th all time, and his 665 career doubles are sixth in baseball history. It was certainly not a surprise that Brett reached the Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot, as he received 98.4% of the votes, the fifth highest total in history.
Yet, Brett was far more than statistics and accolades. He was the fiery leader of the Royals, a leader who wore his heart on his sleeve and did everything he humanly could to ensure a victory. He truly bled Royal Blue, joining the Royals front office as Vice President after his playing career was over. Then, back in 2013, Brett returned to the field, taking over as the Royals interim hitting coach for two months, allowing us to see the ol’ #5 back on the field at Kauffman Stadium.
As the Kansas City Royals continue through Spring Training, let us take a few minutes to reflect upon the career of one of the people to truly be Forever Royal. In honor of Brett’s #5, let us look back at the five most memorable moments of his career.
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