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THE GREATS OF THE GAME

FULL NAME: George Howard Brett.

BIRTHDAY: May 15, 1953.

WHERE: Glen Dale, W.Va.

POSITION: Third baseman.

BATS/THROWS: Left/right.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0, 200.

DEBUTED: Aug. 2, 1973.

MAIN TEAM: Kansas City (1953-73).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AND STATS: Certain to be a Hall of Fame inductee on his first try, Brett retired at the end of the 1993 season having played in 2,707 games with a .305 average, 3,154 hits, 317 home runs and 1,595 RBI. He won three batting titles (1976, 1980 and 1990) and twice had more than 200 hits (1976, '79).

WHAT MAKES HIM GREAT?: A 13-time All-Star, Brett is the only player to win batting titles in three decades. He posted an impressive .390 average in 1980 when he was named league MVP. It was the closest any player has come to hitting .400 since Ted Williams' .406 in 1941.

AN INTERESTING FACT: Brett is best remembered for racing out of the dugout toward home plate after umpires nullified his two-run ninth-inning homer against the Yankees on July 24, 1983, because his bat had more than 17 inches of pine tar on it. The Royals protested, and the league overruled the umpires. The game later was resumed with the home run counting, and the last four outs were played.

_ By ROGER MILLS

Some information taken from Total Baseball, the Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball.

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