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Ken Brett – 1973 Topps #444

Kenneth Alven Brett(September 18, 1948 – November 18, 2003) was a Major League Baseball pitcher and the second of four Brett brothers who played professional baseball, the most notable being the youngest, George Brett. Ken played for 10 teams in his 14-year MLB career. Born in Brooklyn, Ken Brett grew up in southern California and was an athlete in El Segundo, a suburb of Los Angeles. At age 17, he was the fourth overall pick in the 1966 baseball draft, selected by the Boston Red Sox as a pitcher. Ken Brett became the youngest pitcher ever in the World Series, appearing in relief in Game 4. He pitched a scoreless eighth inning, yielding just a walk. In Game 7, he entered the game with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning and induced Tim McCarver to ground out to the first baseman to end the inning. At just 19 years (& three weeks), he gave up no hits in 1-1/3 scoreless innings in his two appearances. Brett died on November 18, 2003 in Spokane, after a six year battle with brain cancer, which included two operations.

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