Ken Brett

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Biographical Information[edit]

Brett in 1977

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.

As an 18-year-old rookie in 1967, he appeared twice in the 1967 World Series for the Boston Red Sox. He is the youngest player to appear in the World Series.

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.

He faced his brother George 20 times in his career, giving up 6 hits, 2 doubles and 1 RBI. The two were briefly teammates with the Kansas City Royals in 1980 and 1981.

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.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (1974)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1973, 1976 & 1977)

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1985 Utica Blue Sox NY-Penn League 35-41 7th Co-Op

Further Reading[edit]

  • Joe Posnanski: "Before Ohtani, there was Ken Brett: George's older brother considered the best two-way prospect many have ever seen",, March 22, 2018. [1]

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