The Obit For Ken Brett
Former Pitcher Ken Brett Dies of Brain Cancer at 55
of Hall of Famer George Brett; Youngest to Pitch in World Series Game
SPOKANE, Wash. (Nov. 19) -- Ken Brett, brother of Hall of Famer
George Brett and the youngest World Series pitcher in history, is dead
after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 53.
Brett pitched 14 years in the major leagues, going 83-85 with
a 3.93 ERA. He also hit .262 with 10 homers.
He set a record for pitchers by homering in four consecutive
starts for the Phillies in 1973, and he was the winning pitcher in the
1974 All-Star Game while playing for Pittsburgh.
He was 19 years, 1 month when he pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings
for the Boston Red Sox in the 1967 World Series against the St. Louis
"He had a lot of poise. I remember that about him," former Red
Sox teammate Rico Petrocelli said. "I remember that he was a lot like
his brother. He had that great sense of humor.
"He was very mature for his age and very well-liked. I'm not
saying this because he's passed away," the shortstop said.
The team's surprising success that season is known as the "Impossible
Dream" in Boston.
"He fit into the clubhouse perfectly," Petrocelli said.
"We were young and everybody could take things lightly. We didn't take
losses really to heart. We just played as hard as we could, and that was
The left-hander also played for Milwaukee, Philadelphia, the
New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox, California, Minnesota, Los Angeles
and Kansas City before retiring in 1981.
Brett later served as a broadcaster for the Angels and Mariners.
He moved to Spokane several years ago to help run the minor
league teams he owned with his brothers George and Bobby.