The Kansas City Royals' most famous player of all time, George Brett, will keynote ALSD2014's League Day and Design & Build Forum Luncheon on July 7. Brett, who hit .390 in 1980, the highest average since Ted Williams' .406 average in 1941, is only one of four players with 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, and more than 1,500 RBIs.
"George Brett is an institution in Kansas City," says Bill Dorsey, ALSD Chairman. "This year's league luncheon will have nearly 700 people in the room, so this will be a great kickoff to league day."
George Brett is in his 21st year as the Royals Vice President-Baseball Operations, continuing his long-time association with the organization. The 60-year-old Hall of Famer, who was selected by the Royals in the second round of the 1971 June Free Agent Draft, spent his entire big league playing career in Kansas City, before moving into the front office following his retirement in 1993. During the 2013 season, Brett took on the role of interim hitting coach, being named to the position on May 30. He served in that capacity until July 25, when he resumed his role as Vice President-Baseball Operations, and Pedro Grifol was named full-time hitting coach.
Brett was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in July of 1999 after receiving 98 percent of the votes, the fifth-highest mark in history. He played 21 seasons for the Royals, collecting 3,154 hits, three batting titles (1976, 1980, and 1990) and a Most Valuable Player Award (1980). The Royals retired Brett’s number 5 and inducted him into the club’s Hall of Fame on May 14, 1994.
Brett is involved in numerous charitable causes as well as several enterprises. He and his brothers own Brett Brothers Sports International which manufactures bats, gloves, and other baseball equipment. Brett Brothers also own interest in several professional teams.
George and his wife, Leslie, have three sons: Jackson, Dylan and Robin.