Bruton in 1955
December 22, 1925|
Died: December 5, 1995
|April 13, 1953, for the Milwaukee Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 1964, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Runs batted in||545|
|Career highlights and awards|
William Havon Bruton (December 22, 1925 – December 5, 1995) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) center fielder who played for the Milwaukee Braves in 1953 through 1960, and for the Detroit Tigers in 1961 through 1964. Bruton batted left-handed and threw right-handed. Bruton was born in Panola, Alabama. Bruton started his career right after the Braves franchise moved from Boston, Massachusetts to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1953.
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In his twelve-year major league career, he posted an overall .273 batting average with 94 home runs and 545 run batted in in 1,610 games. A line-drive hitter and a fleet-footed runner, Bruton led the National League in stolen bases for three consecutive seasons (1953 through 1955), twice in triples (1956 and 1960), and once in runs scored (1960). He led off a game with a home run twelve times.
Bruton's milestones include the following:
- tied for the Northern League lead in games played (124), and led the league in at bats (545), runs (126), and batting average (.325) while playing for the Eau Claire Bears in 1950
- led the Western League with 27 triples while playing for the Denver Bears in 1951
- tied for the American Association lead in games played (154), at bats (650), runs (130), hits (211), and outfield assists (22) while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1952
Bruton was a spokesman for Tareyton cigarettes in the 1960s.
In 1991, Bruton was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.
- List of Major League Baseball players with 100 triples
- List of Major League Baseball triples champions
- List of Major League Baseball leaders in career stolen bases
- List of Major League Baseball stolen base champions
- List of Major League Baseball runs scored champions
- Specific citations
- "Bill Bruton Player Page". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
- "Tareyton delivers the flavor...". Ebony. August 1961. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
- General references
- 1955 Baseball Register, published by The Sporting News
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
- Baseball Library - Profile and highlights
- The Deadball Era