Tuesday, January 12, 2016

#517 Ken Brett

Interesting life despite an up and down baseball career........first off one of four baseball playing brothers, the elder sibling to HOF George.... Started with Red Sox out of high school....pitched two inning in the 1967 regular season....by virtue of a pitching shortage was named to WS roster....took the mound in 8th inning,  game 4 being youngest pitcher ever to appear in a WS.... a record that still stands...after WS excitement career was derailed by military service, injuries, and being the dog house...trade to Brewers for 1972 had mixed results but provided his regular in starting rotation....Next two years first as a Phillie, then as a Pirate were the best of his career winning 13 in each year....trade also allow him to avoid AL DH rule for Ken maybe was a better hitter than a pitcher... slugged  home runs in 4 consecutive games in 1973 and hit .310 in 1974...31 RBI in those two years... after one more year, 1975 with the Pirates became very well traveled going to Yankees, White Sox, Angels, Dodgers, and finally reuniting with brother George in KC...Funloving, humorous, and bachelor for much of his career

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