Bruton in 1955
November 9, 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 (November 9, 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.
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
According to the Delaware State Police, Bruton suffered a heart attack while driving his car in Marshallton, Delaware, near his home in Wilmington, Delaware on December 5, 1995. Bruton's car then veered off the road and hit a pole and he was pronounced dead soon after at a hospital.
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- List of Major League Baseball career stolen bases leaders
- List of Major League Baseball annual stolen base leaders
- List of Major League Baseball annual runs scored leaders
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- General references
- 1955 Baseball Register, published by The Sporting News