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Bruton in 1955.
December 22, 1925|
|Died: December 5, 1995
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|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 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.
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In his twelve-year major league career, he posted an overall .273 batting average with 94 home runs and 545 RBI in 1610 games. A line-drive hitter and a fleet-footed runner, Bruton led the National League in stolen bases for three consecutive seasons (1953 through 55), twice in triples (1956 & 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
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
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- Specific citations
- "Tareyton delivers the flavor...". Ebony. August 1961. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- General references
- 1955 Baseball Register, published by The Sporting News
- Baseball Library - Profile and highlights
- Baseball Reference - Career statistics and analysis
- The Deadball Era