Sixty-seven years ago today, the greatest player in Royals history was born in a small town in West Virginia. He would move to California, grow a shaggy mop of hair, and would be selected in the second round of the 1971 draft by the young Kansas City Royals. Two pennants, a championship, three batting titles, and MVP, and 3,154 hits later, George Howard Brett would cement his place in baseball history as one of the all-time greats, earning a place in baseball immortality at Cooperstown.
MLB Network is taking a day to honor George with a complete day of Brett-centered programming. At 1 p.m. CT, Brett sits down with Bob Costas on Studio 42 with Bob Costas to reflect on his career, winning a championship, and the art of hitting. At 2 p.m. CT, you can watch Game Three of the 1985 American League Championship Series between the Royals and Blue JAys, where Brett goes 4-for-4 with two home runs in a 6-5 Royals win.
At 5 p.m. Brett joins Greg Amsinger, Carlos Peña, and Dan Plesac for MLB Tonight to talk about his career and today’s game. At 6 p.m., MLB Network airs their excellent documentary series MLB Networks Presents, with the episode Royal in Kansas City, 30 Years Later, which takes a look at the 1985 and 2015 championship clubs. Finally, at 9 p.m. you can watch the infamous Pine Tar Game, the July 24, 1983 matchup against the Yankees where New York skipper Billy Martin tries to get a game-winning home run by George Brett nullified because of too much pine tar. Hey, did I mention there are t-shirts now available at BreakingT to commemorate the incident?
It is also the birthday of Braves Hall of Famer John Smoltz, so if you want to watch programming about his career and the 90s Braves, it will be airing this morning.
Re-live some of the best moments of George Brett’s career and in Royals history, what else are you gonna watch?