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ONE SIZZLING SUMMER

IN 1980, GEORGE BRETT WENT ON A TEAR THAT EVEN TODAY IS HARD TO FATHOM
The swing that challenged the .400 mark.

In the summer of 1980, a deadly heat wave engulfed Kansas City where temperatures hovered above 100 degrees for 17 straight days. But even that wasn’t as hot as George Brett. In the seven games after his return from the disabled list on July 10, it was like Brett hadn’t actually missed the month of games he did after tearing a ligament in his foot June 10 in Cleveland. In those first seven games back, Brett hit a mind-numbing .586 (17-for-29) before a 0-for-4 outing in Boston temporarily (and we mean temporarily) stalled his batting average at .366. Then it would be a month before anyone would keep Brett hitless again. The next day after leaving Boston, Brett feasted on Yankees pitching in the Bronx, going 4-for-6 with a home run and 4 RBI. That was the first of 30 straight games Brett hit safely in, the streak finally coming to an end August 19 in steamy Texas. He was then officially over the .400 mark. And just a week later, a 5-for-5 eff ort at Milwaukee sent the batting average to a high-water mark of .407.

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