George Brettby George Brett, Steve Cameron
There was no blare of trumpet at the beginning. A document was signed on June 25, 1971, which read: "The Billings Baseball Club, herein called the Club, a member of the Pioneer League, and George Howard Brett, herein called the player, of 628 Penn Street, El Segundo, California, are parties to this contract." The agreement called for a signing bonus of $25,000… See more details below
There was no blare of trumpet at the beginning. A document was signed on June 25, 1971, which read: "The Billings Baseball Club, herein called the Club, a member of the Pioneer League, and George Howard Brett, herein called the player, of 628 Penn Street, El Segundo, California, are parties to this contract." The agreement called for a signing bonus of $25,000 and a salary of $500 per month. Nearly 28 years later, on January 6, 1999, the player in question received another official notification, postmarked in Cooperstown, New York, which read: "Dear George: Please accept our heartiest congratulations upon your election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, baseball's most singular honor ... (and) the world's most exclusive and best known fraternity." In between that first professional contract and the historic letter from the Hall, George Brett lived a dream—not to mention racking up 3,154 hits, three American League batting titles, a World Series ring with the 1985 Kansas City Royals, and assorted other records and awards too numerous to recount. Now at last, it is time for George to share his own thoughts, memories, recollections, and feelings about the long and exciting journey. For everyone who has thrilled to George's accomplishments and admired his blue-collar, head-first approach to the game he loves,From Here to Cooperstown is a joy indeed. This volume includes George's retrospective on everything from the childhood that molded him through his day-to-day battles on the field, and concludes with the genuine awe he feels at being given baseball's grandest compliment — the Hall of Fame. George Brett touched millions of people in and out of the game itself, and they will treasure this collection of magnificent (and some never-before published) photographs, as well as quotes, anecdotes, and one-shot yarns about No. 5 from dozens of sources—family members, former teammates, friends, celebrities, and so many more whose respect for George remains rich and deep.
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Meet the Author
George Brett spent his entire 21-year career with the Kansas City Royals and established himself as one of the great baseball players of any generation. Now a Royals vice-president and businessman involved in several other ventures — including part-ownership of minor-league baseball and hockey franchises — Brett lives with his wife Leslie, and sons Jackson, Dylan, and Robin in Mission Hills, Kansas. Steve Cameron has been a sports journalist for three decades and was the first media member to interview George Brett as a major leaguer — moments after the rookie's debut in 1973. Cameron has won numerous writing awards and counts 11 books in print, includingLast of a Breed, a biography of Brett completed in 1993. Cameron is a newspaper sports editor in suburban Salt Lake City and lives with his wife, Sylvia, and three children in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
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