Brett is 1980 MVP
NOVEMBER 18, 1980
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
– Kansas City Royals’ 3rd baseman George Brett was named 1980 American League Most Valuable Player on this date.
He led the Royals to their first American League pennant with a .390 batting average, 24 home runs and 118 runs batted in.
Brett flirted with a .400 average as late as September 19th that season. Fans all over the country followed his march toward the first .400 average in the majors since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. Brett didn’t finish with a .400 or better average, but only Tony Gwynn's .394 average in 1994 has gotten closer to Williams' .406.