Kenneth Alven Brett
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 11", Weight 195 lb.
- High School El Segundo High School
- Debut September 27, 1967
- Final Game October 3, 1981
- Born September 18, 1948 in Brooklyn, NY USA
- Died November 18, 2003 in Spokane, WA USA
The brother of Hall of Famer George Brett, Ken Brett pitched fourteen years in the majors, and was an All-Star in 1974 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. After his playing career ended, he was a broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners and California Angels. He died of cancer in 2003.
When his brother George broke in during the 1973 season, Ken was already in his sixth major league season, one in which he went 13-9. He pitched with 10 teams in his career, getting 83 wins.
During the years 1973-1996, when American League pitchers rarely batted, Brett's total of 12 at-bats (for the 1976 Chicago White Sox) was easily the single-season record. No other pitcher had more than 3 ABs in a season.
For a pitcher of his era, he was a remarkably good hitter. He had a lifetime batting average of .262, and slugged .406. With the Philadelphia Phillies in 1973, he drove in 16 runs with a .462 slugging percentage. During that season, he homered in four consecutive games. With the 1974 Pirates, he hit .310 and drove in 15 runs with a .448 slugging percentage. In both years, the National League average slugging percentage was around .370. As a result, he was used regularly as a pinch-hitter throughout his career.
Along with brothers George, Bobby and J.B., Ken bought the Spokane Indians in 1985. They have also purchased the Spokane Chiefs major junior hockey team, the Tri-City Dust Devils, and the High Desert Mavericks.
- NL All-Star (1974)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1973, 1976 & 1977)
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1985||Utica Blue Sox||NY-Penn League||35-41||7th||Co-Op|
- Joe Posnanski: "Before Ohtani, there was Ken Brett: George's older brother considered the best two-way prospect many have ever seen", mlb.com, March 22, 2018.