George Brett was a 1999 inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and is the only Royal who is a member of the halls of Cooperstown. Primarily a third baseman, he spent his entire 21-year Major League career (1973-1993) with the Kansas City Royals, hitting .305 with 317 home runs, 1,595 RBI and 665 doubles and leading the Royals' 1985 World Series Championship squad. He was the American League Most Valuable Player in 1980, when he won the batting title with a .390 average and hit 24 home runs with a career-high 118 RBI. His .390 batting average was the highest in the game since Ted Williams' landmark .406 average in 1941. Brett finished in the top three in MVP voting three additional times. He was a 13-time A.L. All-Star, representing the Royals in the Midsummer Classic each year from 1976-1988. Brett was a three-time A.L. batting champion (1976, 1980, 1990), becoming the first player to win the batting title in three different decades. He is one of 28 members of baseball's 3,000 hit club, and entering the 2012 season, his 3,154 hits ranked 14th all-time. Brett hit .340 with nine home runs and 19 RBI in six League Championship Series and hit .373 in his two World Series. He won the Gold Glove for A.L. third basemen in 1985. The brother of former Major Leaguer Ken Brett, George is now in his 19th year as a Vice President of Baseball Operations with the Royals, and his number 5 was retired by the club in 1994, when he entered the club's Hall of Fame.
Andre Dawson was a 2010 inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Dawson played 21 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Montreal Expos (1976-86), the Chicago Cubs (1987-1992), the Boston Red Sox (1993-1994) and the Florida Marlins (1995-96). He was the recipient of the 1977 National League Rookie of the Year Award. He posted 78 extra-base hits (36 2B, 10 3B, 32 HR) in 1983 for the Expos. Dawson was named N.L. MVP in 1987 after hitting 49 home runs with 137 RBI for the Cubs. "The Hawk" was an eight-time N.L. All-Star (1981-1983 and 1987-1991) and an eight-time Gold Glove winner. He had 13 seasons of 20 or more home runs. Andre was a member of both the 1981 N.L. East Champion Montreal Expos and the 1989 N.L. East Champion Chicago Cubs. Dawson is now in his 13th season as a special assistant to the President of the Miami Marlins.
Bo Jackson played eight seasons in the Major Leagues as an outfielder with the Kansas City Royals (1986-90), Chicago White Sox (1991, 93) and California Angels (1994). The 1989 All-Star collected at least 20 home runs in each of his first four full Major League seasons from 1987-90, including a career-best 32 homers and 105 RBI in 1989. The two-sport star, who was the 1985 Heisman Trophy Award winner and played four seasons as a running back in the NFL, was elected a starter during the 1989 Midsummer Classic and was named MVP after robbing a home run in the top of the first inning to save two runs and leading off the bottom of the first inning with a massive home run. Jackson, who missed the 1992 season due to injury, was named the 1993 A.L. Comeback Player of the Year with the White Sox after hitting 16 home runs with 45 RBI in 85 games played. An exciting blend of power and speed, Jackson retired with 141 home runs, 415 RBI and 82 stolen bases in 694 Major League games.
Mike Sweeney was an infielder in the Major Leagues for 16 seasons with the Kansas City Royals (1995-2007), Oakland Athletics (2008), Seattle Mariners (2009-10) and Philadelphia Phillies (2010). Selected by the Royals in the 10th round of the 1991 First-Year Player Draft, Sweeney went on to earn five A.L. All-Star selections (2000-03, 2005). Sweeney posted six seasons of at least 20 home runs, including four consecutive from 1999-2002, and he recorded a 25-game hitting streak during the 1999 season, tied for third-best in franchise history. In 2000, Mike posted career-bests with 159 games played, 618 at-bats, 105 runs scored, 206 hits, 29 home runs (also 2001) and a club-record 144 RBI while batting .333 (second only to his .340 mark in 2002). Sweeney made his only Postseason appearance in his final season with the Phillies in 2010 and recorded a single in his lone career Postseason at-bat. In 1,454 career games, Mike batted .297 with 1,540 hits, 325 doubles, 215 home runs and 909 RBI.
Joe Carter played in the Major Leagues as an outfielder for 16 years, with the Chicago Cubs (1983), the Cleveland Indians (1984-1989), the San Diego Padres (1990), the Toronto Blue Jays (1991-1997), the Baltimore Orioles (1998) and the San Francisco Giants (1998). The Oklahoma native was a five-time American League All-Star. The durable, consistent run producer batted .259 with 396 home runs, 1,445 RBI and 231 stolen bases in his career. Carter collected eight seasons of more than 100 RBI, including a Major League-best 121 in 1986. He helped lead the Blue Jays to back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993, the first titles in club history. His three-run blast in the bottom of the ninth of Game Six of the 1993 World Series, which ended the Fall Classic and clinched Toronto's second straight crown, is regarded as one of the most famous home runs in baseball history. Carter joined Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski as the only two players to win a World Series with a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the decisive game. In 12 World Series games with the Blue Jays, Carter batted .277 with four home runs, 11 RBI and eight runs scored.
Rollie Fingers pitched in the Major Leagues from 1968-1985 and was a key pitcher for Oakland's three straight World Series Championship teams from 1972-74. A 1992 inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he was a seven-time All-Star and the 1981 winner of both the American League Most Valuable Player and the A.L. Cy Young Award after going 6-3 with a 1.04 ERA and 28 saves for the Brewers. Fingers was the Most Valuable Player of the 1974 World Series after going 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and two saves in four games. Fingers won 10 or more games in four seasons and led his League in saves and games pitched three times each.
Rickey Henderson played in the Major Leagues from 1979-2003. He entered the Hall of Fame in 2009. Henderson is considered by many to be the greatest leadoff man of all-time. Rickey is the game's all-time leader in stolen bases (1,406) and runs scored (2,295) and he ranks second in walks (2,190). He led his league in stolen bases 12 times and topped the 100 mark three times. The 10-time All-Star is a member of the 3,000 hit club with 3,055, ranking 22nd all-time. He batted .279 in his career with 297 home runs, 1,115 RBI and a .401 on-base percentage. He set career-highs with 130 stolen bases in 1982, 146 runs scored in 1985, 126 walks in 1989, and 28 home runs in 1986 and 1990. He was the 1989 ALCS Most Valuable Player and he helped lift the A's to the 1989 World Series Championship, batting .441 in the 1989 Postseason overall. He was the 1990 American League MVP after batting .325 with 28 homers, 61 RBI, 65 stolen bases, 119 runs scored and a .439 OBP. Henderson also was a member of the 1993 World Champion Blue Jays.
Ozzie Smith played in the Major Leagues from 1978-1996 with the San Diego Padres (1978-81) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1982-1996). "The Wizard of Oz" was a 2002 inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a 15-time National League All-Star and a 13-time Gold Glove winner. He finished his career with 2,460 hits and 580 stolen bases. Smith played in three World Series with the Cardinals and helped St. Louis win the 1982 World Series Championship. He finished second in NL Most Valuable Player voting in 1987 after setting career-highs with 104 runs, 40 doubles, 75 RBI and 89 walks. Ozzie was named MVP of the 1985 NL Championship Series after hitting .435 with a home run and three RBI; hit walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth of Game 5 of the '85 NLCS.
Dave Winfield, who played in the Major Leagues from 1973-1995, was a 2001 inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The five-tool standout played for the San Diego Padres from 1973-1980 and the New York Yankees from 1981-1990. The member of baseball's 3,000 hit club (3,110 career hits) batted .283 in his career with 465 home runs and 1,833 RBI. Winfield hit 20+ home runs in a season 15 times and eclipsed 100 RBI eight times in his career. He was a 12-time All-Star, making each team from 1977-88, and was a seven-time Gold Glove winner. He hit a career-high .340 in 1984. Dave was a member of the 1992 World Series Champion Blue Jays, delivering a key two-out, two-run double in the 11th inning of the clinching Game 6. Winfield, who never spent a day in the minor leagues, was drafted out of college by four teams in three pro sports: the Padres, Atlanta Hawks (NBA), Utah Stars (ABA) and Minnesota Vikings (NFL). Winfield was the 1994 winner of the game's highest off-field honor, the Roberto Clemente Award. He currently serves as an Executive Vice President/Senior Advisor with the Padres.
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