George Brett, appearing weary but gracious after a week of Hall of Fame hoopla, was honored yesterday with a parade through midtown Kansas City, Mo., that drew thousands of fans.

Following marching bands, clowns and classic cars carrying several of his former teammates, Brett poked out from the roof of a royal blue stretch limousine and waved to fans along streets near Country Club Plaza.

Joined on a grandstand by his family, several former Royals teammates and manager Whitey Herzog, Brett repeatedly thanked the fans.

The festivities capped a momentous week for Brett, which started with his July 25 induction into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

GORDON GONE?: Red Sox closer Tom Gordon was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and could be sidelined for the rest of the season.

Gordon, who had been on the 15-day DL since June 11 with a sore right elbow, will meet with orthopedist James Andrews to determine if season-ending surgery is necessary. The Boston Globe reported that Gordon will undergo tendon transfer surgery to repair a torn ligament in his elbow and won't pitch the rest of the season, but the Red Sox haven't confirmed that surgery is needed.

Gordon, 31, has been bothered by elbow problems for most of the season. He was on the disabled list from April 18 to May 10 with a strained flexor muscle in his elbow and went back on the DL on June 11 with inflammation in the elbow.