On November 18, 1980 — Despite having missed 45 games with injuries, George Brett is named American League Most Valuable Player. The 27-year-old third baseman’s .390 batting average was the highest in the major leagues since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. Brett added 24 home runs and 118 RBI to lead the Kansas City Royals to their first AL pennant. Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage, and Willie Wilson also received first-place votes.

Brett’s 117 games played are the fewest by an American League MVP in a non-strike-shortened season.



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