George Brett’s bat usually has consistent characteristics in terms of design, model, weight, length and game used marks. After considerable research, we take a closer look at George Brett’s bat.
George Brett’s Bat Table
|Brand||Length Min||Length Max||Weight Min||Weight Max||Model||Type||Years|
|Louisville Slugger||34||34.5||30.7||32.3||B351, C271, T85||Ash/White Ash||1973 -1993|
|Rawlings Adirondack||194VP, 387B||Ash||1973 -1993|
What size bat did George Brett Use?
The most common bat size we documented from auction houses was a 34 to 34.5-inch bat with a weight between 30.7 and 32.3 ounces. Like most players, Brett’s use of bat’s outside of those ranges should be expected.
What bat model did George Brett Use?
George Brett preferred Louisville Slugger for his entire 21-year career. He was known to swing Rawling Adirondack occasionally but, Slugger was clearly the favorite. The most common models we identified are the C271, B351 and T85.
Slugger’s C271, his most preferred bat, was common of his era swung by the likes of Bo Jackson, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ozzie Smith. Brett is the only player we have yet documented to swing the B341 and T85.
George Brett’s Game Used Bat’s Characteristics
Pine tar, pine tar, and more pine tar. Brett, famous most of all for the pine tar incident in 1983, put pine tar well up his bat’s handle. Despite the 18-inch rule for pine tar, Brett’s bat’s exhibit pine tar upwards of 20 inches from the knob and sometimes more.
His game used bats tend to have more markings on the right side of the barrel as he was a label-up left-handed hitter. Usually expect, as well, Slugger bats in the weight and length ranges specified above.
George Brett’s Best At Bat
In July of 1983, the Royals played the Yankees in a mid-day baseball game. In the top of the 9th, Rich Gossage (“The Goose”) took the mound against George Brett. The score 3 to 4 in favor of the Yankees and the Goose set his marks on the mound with 4 warm up pitches. On the day, Brett was two hits for four at-bats, both singles.
Brett stepped in the left-hand batter’s box with a runner on first. Gossage’s first pitch was an outside fastball that Brett took deep, but foul, into the left field bleachers. The next pitch, a high fastball down the middle, was put it into the right-center field bleachers. It was Brett’s 145th career home run.
As Brett rounded the bases, Yankees manager Billy Martin raced to home plate to examine the amount of pine tar on Brett’s bat. Pine tar, allowed 18 inches up the bat, appeared well beyond that mark and Martin kept in the ear of the umpires as they discussed. They would lay the bat in front of home plate to measure as home plate’s width is 18 inches. While the umpires deliberated, Brett said, “if they call me out, you’re going to see four dead umpires.” After confirming pine tar exceeded the length of the plate, the umpire pointed at Brett with the knob of his bat and called him out.
Then All Hell Broke Loose
Brett ran out the dugout like a loose cannon. And he was. A Royals player ripped the bat from one of the umpires and ran it into the clubhouse. An umpire followed. Brett yelled spittle into a number of umpires faces as the Yankees came off the field, ruled the winners. Brett was physically restrained for minutes by at least two Royals players in one of the most impressive post game antics ever.
This famous pine tar incident was later reversed by the league. The remaining 1 1/3 inning were played without a single hit, two fly balls, a strike-out, and a gound out. The Royals ultimately won the game 5 to 4. Brett’s hit is recorded today in the box score as a ho-hum two-run blast in the bottom of the 9th. It was anything but ho-hum.
Brett had well over 3,000 hits in his career, 317 of those were home runs. Some Yankees fans would argue he had 316.
George Brett Bat Sources
PSA Bat Facts is always helpful and should be a go-to source for bat research. Vintage bats also has a very helpful write up on George Brett’s Bat, showing the Louisville Slugger ordering records. It documents many more bats than we could find at auction. The Pine Tar Incidence is well documented. That one sports show has a great write up. His bat’s weight information is found at Gold In Auctions. Additional reading on the pine tar game, on this WSJ article, is worth your time.