You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we’ll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.
ON THIS DATE IN 1953, George Brett was born.
In the final week of his final season in 1993, George Brett was asked how he would like his final at-bat in the major leagues to go. We figured a vicious line drive to left field, a ringing double to right-center or a towering home run down the right-field line. He said, “I want to hit a really hard groundout to the second baseman, and run as hard as I can to first base to show the young guys on the team that this is how the game is supposed to be played.”
No one played the game harder, and few played it better, than George Brett. He is, by far, the greatest Royal of all time. He is, in my mind, one of the three best third basemen ever. He is a career .305 hitter, he won a batting title in three different decades and, in 1976, he set a major league record by getting at least three hits in six consecutive games. Brett hit a lot of line-drive singles to the opposite field back then, but as he matured, the Royals needed more production. So he…