(Bobby, John, Ken) and I entered the bat business with the goal of ensuring
that coaches at all levels of baseball have
to superior quality composite wood bats that are cost effective." The
Brett Brothers have been involved in baseball their entire lives. We are
four brothers and all of us played professional ball at one time. Bobby
and John played in the Minor Leagues, and Ken and George together put
in 31 years in the Major Leagues.
only did we play baseball because we were good, we truly loved the game. Even
today we closely follow the sport. George still works for the Kansas City Royals.
Ken has been a broadcaster for 11 years with Fox. Bobby runs our professional
franchises here in Spokane, the baseball Indians and the hockey Chiefs. The oldest
brother John is a frequent visitor here to see his brothers and watch our teams
most baseball families, it all started in a small Southern California town called
El Segundo. The boys are all about two years apart, and we had some kind of sporting
event about every night. I remember most of our family meals were hot dogs, and
everything was on the fly. Our parents were always there to cheer for us, and
our lives were generally very happy.
was the first to sign a pro contract at age 17. He was the fourth player taken
in the annual draft by the Boston Red Sox. When their scout Joe Stephenson came
to sign him, our dad said, "the one you really want is the skinny, barefooted
one, George." George in 1966 was all of 12 years old.
you move up the clock to 1971, George was a senior, and Joe Stephenson desperately
wanted him to be Boston's #1 pick. The Red Sox said no, and the Kansas City Royals
took George in round #2. The rest is history. Ken played 11 years for numerous
teams. George turned out to be exactly the player our late father envisioned.
He was a 3-time winner of the Batting Title in three different decades. He was
very consistent, and always played the game very hard. He was the greatest Royal,
and still makes his home in Kansas City. In the summer of 1999, he was awarded
Baseball's highest award, election to the Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
spring of 1998, the Tridiamond Bat Company needed a place to "try out"
their new baseball bats. Because the Bretts owned the only local professional
team, an association was formed. When Tridiamond got both NCAA and Major
League approval to sell bats, they needed some baseball help. At this
time we bought into the company and changed the name to Brett Bats.