KANSAS CITY — The Royals have retired three numbers in franchise history, and they are displayed prominently at Kauffman Stadium.
There is no set requirement for retired numbers, simply an organizational decision.
George Brett, 3B: No. 5
Number retired: May 14, 1994
A 13-time All-Star, Brett was a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 1999, receiving 98.2 percent of the vote. At the end of his career, he was the only player to have more than 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, 600 doubles, 100 triples and 200 stolen bases. He was also the first player in history to win batting titles in three different decades. Brett is the club’s all-time leader in most offensive categories. He hit .390 in ’80, his American League MVP Award-winning season, the highest average since Ted Williams hit .406 in ’41. He got his 3,000th hit on Sept. 30, 1992.
Dick Howser, Manager: No. 10
Number retired: July 3, 1987
Howser managed the Royals from 1981-86 and garnered their first World Series championship in ’85, capping quite a postseason run by defeating the Blue Jays in the ALCS and then the Cardinals in an epic seven-game Fall Classic. He died of cancer in ’87. During his reign, Howser won three division titles. He guided them to a 404-365 record (.525).
Frank White, 2B: No. 20,
Number retired: May 2, 1995
White won eight Gold Gloves, an AL record at the time. An All-Star five times,…