May 13, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 35, George Brett (The Athletic)


Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy.

Through the years, I suspect I’ve written more words about George Howard Brett than any other Hall of Famer, probably any other ballplayer, perhaps even any other person. I’ve written about him almost hitting .400 in 1980 a half-dozen times at least. I’ve written repeatedly about the continuous ways throughout his career that he rose to the occasion. I’ve written about the pine-tar incident so many times. I’ve written about his relationship with his father, about his hatred of the Yankees, and about his one baseball regret: that he didn’t come back to spring training in 1994 and just try to make the club like a long-shot rookie.

I have written about George…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 35, George Brett” at The Athletic