Posnanski: Before Ohtani, there was Ken Brett

From SABR member Joe Posnanski at MLB.com on March 22, 2018:

If you are a certain age, you probably remember this commercial that played all the time back in 1980. But there’s something you don’t know about it, something that tells you a lot about the ex-ex-ex-ex-ex-ex-ex pitcher, as Ken Brett was identified in the commercial.

Then there’s probably a lot you don’t know about Ken Brett. There’s a decent chance you know that he was the older brother of Hall of Famer George Brett. If you saw the commercial, you know that he played for 10 teams, which was then a record for a pitcher (he was NOT traded nine times though; only six times, all of them in fewer than six years from 1971-77).

If you are a trivia-savvy baseball fan, you might know that he is the youngest pitcher ever to appear in a World Series game. And if you are a SERIOUSLY devoted baseball fan, you might even know the extraordinary baseball thing he did that even Babe Ruth did not match.

But even these wonderful things only skim the surface of the amazing career of Ken Brett.

Read the full article here: https://www.mlb.com/news/ken-brett-two-way-phenom/c-269367600

Originally published: March 23, 2018. Last Updated: March 23, 2018.