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William Havon Bruton (b: December 22, 1925 – d: December 5, 1995 at 70) was a MLB center fielder who played for the Milwaukee Braves in 1953 through 1960, and for the Detroit Tigers in 1961 through 1964. Bruton was born in Panola, Alabama, and was the son-in-law of Negro Leagues legend Judy Johnson.
As a teammate of Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, Lew Burdette, Johnny Logan, Eddie Mathews, Red Schoendienst, Warren Spahn and Bobby Thomson, Bruton was the leadoff hitter, the chief base stealer and the center fielder for the powerful Milwaukee Braves teams of 1956 through 1960.
Bruton started his career right after the Braves franchise moved from Boston to Milwaukee in 1953. He became an immediate hero when his 10th-inning home run gave the Braves a 3–2 victory over St. Louis in Milwaukee’s first major league game.
He was also their leading hitter (.412) in the 1958 World Series, which the Braves lost in seven games to the Yankees.
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.
Link to all of his issued baseball cards – www.tradingcarddb.com/Person.cfm/pid/765/col/1/yea/0/Bill…