Kenneth Alven Brett
Born: Sept. 18, 1948 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Died: Nov. 18, 2003 in Spokane, Wash.
Debut: 1967 | Pos: P
H: 5'11" | W: 195 | B: L | R: L
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Ken Brett, the brother of Hall of Famer George Brett and the youngest pitcher in World Series history, died on Nov. 18 in Spokane, Wash. after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 55.
In 14 seasons in the major leagues, Brett was 83-85 with a 3.93 ERA in 1,526.1 innings pitched.
He was also a pitcher who could hit, compiling a .262 average with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 347 career at-bats. In 1973, while pitching for the Phillies, he set a record for pitchers when he hit a home run in four straight starts.
His two best seasons came in 1973 and 1974 when he posted a 13-9 record each season. In 1973, he had a 3.44 ERA and a 3.30 in 1974. He was the winning pitcher in the 1974 All-Star Game held in Pittsburgh.
Brett was most recently a part-owner of the Spokane Indians minor league baseball team and the Spokane Chiefs hockey team.
Ken Brett was drafted in first round (4th pick overall) of the 1966 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox.
He made World Series history in 1967 when he pitched at just 19 years, one month old for the Boston Red Sox. He posted 1.1 scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.
In Oct. 1971, the Red Sox sent Brett, along with Billy Billy Conigliaro, Joe Lahoud, Jim Lonborg, Don Pavletich, and George Scott to the Milwaukee Brewers for Marty Pattin, Lew Krausse, Tommy Harper, and Pat Skrable.
He was traded again in Oct. 1972, this time with the Brewers sending him, Jim Lonborg, Ken Sanders, and Earl Stephenson to the Philadelphia Phillies for Don Money, John Vukovich, and Bill Champion.
A year later, in Oct. 1973, the Phillies sent him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Cash -- actually player Dave Cash.
The trades continued in 1975, 1976 and 1977, with Brett spending time with the Yankees, White Sox and Angels. His other stops included the Twins, Dodgers and Royals.
He retired from baseball in 1981 and went on to work as a broadcaster for the Angels and Mariners. He moved to Spokane to help run the minor league teams that he co-owns with brothers George and Bobby.