Ken Brett, the youngest World Series pitcher in history, died on Nov. 18 from brain cancer. He was 53.
Brett grew up in El Segundo, Calif., playing sports every night. He signed his first pro contract at 17 with the Boston Red Sox, as the fourth player taken in the draft.
He was only 19 years old when he pitched for Boston in the 1967 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. The left-hander would eventually spend 14 years in the major leagues, pitching for Milwaukee, the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox, California, Minnesota, Los Angeles and Kansas City before retiring in 1981.
One of the best hitting pitchers of his time, he set a record by homering in four straight starts for the Phillies in 1973. For his career, Brett hit .262 with 10 homers. His pitching record was 83-85, with a 3.93 ERA.
After his retirement, Brett became a broadcaster for the Angels and Mariners. He moved to Spokane, Wash., several years ago to help run the Spokane Indians minor league baseball team and the Spokane Chiefs hockey team with his brothers Bobby Brett and Hall of Famer George Brett. Ken was also the president of Brett Bros. Bat Company and an assistant coach at Whitworth College.