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While the Royals would be denied a post-season berth, they would finish strong in 2nd place with an 88-74 record and a solid 3rd in attendance in the American League behind the Tigers and Red Sox. Steve Busby continued the newly found tradition of excellent starting pitching by beating Paul Splittorff's previous season wins mark by going 22-14 (3.39) and taking the new Royal Stadium record for wins. Al Fitzmorris meanwhile was also excellent going 13-6 with a 2.79 ERA. Splittorff however would not come close to defending his record going 13-19 (4.10) just missing a futile 20 loss season. The hitting also weakened tremendously from the season before as Mayberry led the team in HRs again (22) but batted only .234. Amos Otis hit .282 but his HR record dropped to 12. Hal McRae was the one true solid hitter at DH batting .310 for the Royals Stadium lead in average. What could have been a lost season however, had a bright shining spot. A young 21 year old had been promoted from Omaha. Batting .282 in his first full season in the Majors was George Brett. Royals Stadium drew 1.17 Million for the season. Still far better than K.C. Municipal had ever done. The 1.17 Mil though down from last season, was still 4th in the American League.