Brett named Royals Hometown Hero
Hall of Famer received over 400,000 fan votes
MINNEAPOLIS -- George Brett, the Royals Hall of Famer, is the winner of the Hometown Heroes award for Kansas City.
Brett's selection was revealed on the second episode of DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes on Wednesday night on ESPN. The second installment featured 10 Major Leaguers selected by fan balloting as a franchise's hero.
Hosted by Karl Ravech, the hour-long episode profiled the lives and careers of such baseball legends as Roberto Clemente, Stan Musial and Brett, who joins fellow Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Willie Mays as the Hometown Heroes winners who each received more than 400,000 fan votes.
Brett's 21-year career with the Royals culminated in his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. He was the only player in Major League history to accumulate more than 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, 600 doubles, 100 triples and 200 stolen bases.
He won batting titles in three different decades and was the American League Most Valuable Player in 1980 when he flirted with .400 all season and wound up with a .390 average. His career average was .305.
Other winners unveiled during the second episode are: Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs; Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds; Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians; Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers; Robin Yount, Milwaukee Brewers; Tom Seaver, New York Mets; Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates; Musial, St. Louis, and Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers.
DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes represents the culmination of a fan-participation promotion, of the same name, presented by DHL, the "Official Express Delivery and Logistics Provider" of Major League Baseball and MLB.com, to celebrate a player -- either past or present -- from each of the 30 Major League Baseball franchises whose combination of on-field contributions, character and leadership make him stand out from the rest.
In each episode, viewers are guided through profiles of each winner focusing on the "hometown hero" attributes they possess and why their names are indelibly etched in the minds of fans. Each player's story is told through a combination of game footage and interviews with former teammates, Hall of Famers, current players, celebrities, baseball historians and, of course, fans.
From July 18 through Sept. 17, nearly 17 million votes were cast by fans.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.