George Brett – one of Major League Baseball’s most iconic ballplayers – will be profiled in a new MLB Network Presents documentary on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. ET. With 2023 marking 50 years since arriving in Kansas City, the program – titled “Brett” – will feature unfiltered and raw interviews with the Hall of Famer, opening up on his relentless drive for excellence that earned him the utmost respect and admiration from his opponents. Covering an area that he has rarely talked about publicly, Brett looks back on his complex and difficult relationship with his late father and the impact it has had on him all these years later.
Every seminal moment from Brett’s career is brought to life from Brett and distinguished others, including his pursuit of hitting .400 during his AL MVP-winning season in 1980; losing four straight American League Championship Series, before winning it all in 1985; the infamous “Pine Tar Game” and his hatred for the New York Yankees that still burns today. Rarely seen personal footage from Brett’s Hall of Fame induction weekend in 1999 will be featured throughout the program.
Hall of Famers and playing contemporaries Reggie Jackson, Mike Schmidt and Robin Yount highlight the fire and perfectionist mentality Brett exuded throughout his 21-year career. Stories illuminating what made Brett tick are told by former Kansas City Royals teammates, including Jeff Montgomery, Frank White, Willie Wilson and Jamie Quirk. Brett’s wife, Leslie Brett, and oldest son, Jackson Brett, reveal what life has been like living with the Hall of Famer and the father he has chosen to be. Royals Hall of Fame play-by-play voice Denny Matthews and baseball historian Joe Posnanski detail the special and everlasting bond Brett has had with the city of Kansas City and Royals fans everywhere.
Launched in 2015, the MLB Network Presents series has produced programs covering many subjects across baseball, including Donnie Baseball, Tito: The Terry Francona Story, Junior, The Story of Billy Bean, Bench, Eck: A Story of Saving, Only in Hollywood, Mr. Padre, Billy, Mike Trout: Millville to MVP and The Bird.