We'll start with his 60th career game, which happened on June 26, 1974, at Royals Stadium against the Chicago White Sox. Brett batted ninth in manager Jack McKeon's lineup and went 1-for-5 with a seventh-inning infield single off Jim Kaat. It was Hal McRae's 12th-inning RBI single off Goose Gossage that scored Frank White to make the Royals walk off 2-1 winners.
Brett's 60th career base hit came on July 27, 1974, at Anaheim Stadium. He batted eighth and went 2-for-5. His first hit of the game (No. 59 of his career) was a second-inning leadoff single against John Cumberland. Brett's 60th career hit was an eighth-inning leadoff single against Dave Sells. Three Royals who would later play for the Angels had multi-hit games -- Royals Hall of Famer Fred Patek was 4-for-5, first baseman Tony Solaita was 3-for-4 and DH Richie Scheinblum was 2-for-5. Royals starter Bruce Del Canton went the distance for the win with a five-hit complete game. The Royals won, 6-3.
The 60th RBI of Brett's career came on May 14, 1975, at Tigers Stadium. Brett batted second and went 1-for-4. His hit was a fifth-inning RBI double against Joe Coleman that scored Vada Pinson. It was Pinson from the leadoff spot that almost single-handedly won the game for the Royals, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs. Royals starter Nelson Briles went the distance for the win with a five-hit complete game including 10 strikeouts. The Royals won, 4-1.
Brett collected his 60th career double on April 23, 1976, at Yankee Stadium. He batted third in manager Whitey Herzog's lineup and went 1-for-4 with a sixth-inning double against Catfish Hunter. Royals catcher Buck Martinez' sixth-inning leadoff home run against Hunter put the Royals in front to stay. Paul Splittorff got the 3-2 win.
Brett's 60th career triple came on May 28, 1979, at Royals Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles in a quintessential performance. He batted third and went 5-for-7. His first hit was a third-inning RBI triple against Dennis Martinez that scored Willie Wilson. Brett reached base six times with five hits and a walk, scored three runs and collected four RBIs. His eighth-inning two-run home run off Martinez briefly gave the Royals a 4-3 lead before Ken Singleton tied the game with a ninth-inning leadoff homer. Brett collected a 10th-inning single against Don Stanhouse, and a 14th-inning double against Tim Stoddard. He finally put an end to the four-hour, 58-minute game with a 16th-inning leadoff home run against Sammy Stewart to give the Royals a 5-4 win.
The 60th home run of Brett's career came on June 24, 1979, at Anaheim Stadium. He batted second and went 2-for-5. The first hit was a first-inning double against future teammate Dave Frost. Brett connected for a ninth-inning two-run home run against Frost, which extended the Royals lead and set the final score. Fellow Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard went the distance for the win with a three-hit complete game including seven strikeouts. The Royals won, 5-2.
You might have noticed some fun symmetry with this list of games covering Brett's 60th career game, base hit, RBI, double, triple and home run. The Royals went a cool 6-0.
Happy 60th birthday to the one and only No. 5 -- George Brett.