Bill Bruton Stats

Bill Bruton was born on Monday, November 9, 1925, in Panola, Alabama. Bruton was 27 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 13, 1953, with the Milwaukee Braves. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bill Bruton baseball stats page.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"(Billy) Bruton came up again with one out in the bottom of the 10th. ( Gerry ) Staley , matching ( Warren ) Spahn in going the distance, 'threw me a knuckleball and I liked the looks of it,' Bruton later said. The ball went soaring toward the right-field fence. Enos Slaughter chased it down and got his glove on it, but his elbow hit the four-foot fence at that instant and the ball popped over into the crowd. Bruton started circling the bases as the crowd roared -- and then suddenly stopped. Umpire Lon Warneke was signaling a ground-rule double, believing that a fan had interfered with Slaughter's catch. Braves manager Charlie Grimm shot out of the dugout to protest, and he was quickly vindicated when (Jocko) Conlan overruled Warneke and called the home run. The Cardinals didn't squawk. Bruton finished his trip around the bases and was mobbed by his teammates at the plate. The new stadium rocked with the chant of 'Bruton! Bruton! Bruton!' And the love affair between Milwaukee and the Braves was on." - Sportswriter Frank Cline in the Milwaukee Journal (04/15/1999)

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Bill Bruton Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#214 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991top05' title='1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Bill Bruton Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#214 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
William Haron Bruton
Nickname:
Bill - Billy - Bullet Bill
Born On:
11-09-1925  (Scorpio)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Panola, Alabama
Year of Death Data Died On:
12-05-1995 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Marshallton, Delaware
Cemetery:
Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, Delaware
High School:
A.H. Parker High School (Birmingham, AL)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
Player Weight Chart Weight:
169
First Game:
04-13-1953 (Age 27)
Last Game:
10-02-1964
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Bill Bruton Pitching Stats

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Bill Bruton Hitting Stats

1953 28 Braves 151 613 82 153 18 14 1 0 41 44 - 100 5 - 6 9 .250 .306 .330
1954 29 Braves 142 567 89 161 20 7 4 0 30 40 - 78 8 0 4 3 .284 .336 .365
1955 30 Braves 149 636 106 175 30 12 9 0 47 43 6 72 2 0 4 2 .275 .325 .403
1956 31 Braves 147 525 73 143 23 15 8 1 56 26 11 63 18 8 1 7 .272 .304 .419
1957 32 Braves 79 306 41 85 16 9 5 0 30 19 4 35 1 5 1 2 .278 .317 .438
1958 33 Braves 100 325 47 91 11 3 3 0 28 27 4 37 4 3 2 5 .280 .336 .360
1959 34 Braves 133 478 72 138 22 6 6 0 41 35 2 54 7 1 1 9 .289 .338 .397
1960 35 Braves 151 629 112 180 27 13 12 0 54 41 1 97 1 4 2 4 .286 .330 .428
1961 36 Tigers 160 596 99 153 15 5 17 0 63 61 0 66 5 3 3 9 .257 .327 .384
1962 37 Tigers 147 561 90 156 27 5 16 1 74 55 0 67 9 3 5 11 .278 .346 .430
1963 38 Tigers 145 524 84 134 21 8 8 0 48 59 3 70 10 1 0 6 .256 .330 .372
1964 39 Tigers 106 296 42 82 11 5 5 0 33 32 1 54 2 1 0 6 .277 .347 .399
12 Years 1,610 6,056 937 1,651 241 102 94 2 545 482 32 793 72 29 29 73 .273 .328 .393

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Bill Bruton Fielding Stats

1953 Braves CF 150 147 3,905 421 2.8 412 397 15 9 5 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.85
1954 Braves CF 141 129 3,580 359 2.5 352 338 14 7 3 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.65
1955 Braves CF 149 145 3,922 441 3.0 427 411 16 14 6 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.94
1956 Braves CF 145 138 3,742 422 2.9 408 397 11 14 2 n/a n/a n/a .967 2.94
1957 Braves CF 79 76 2,069 217 2.7 213 208 5 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.78
1958 Braves CF 96 85 2,246 210 2.2 205 200 5 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.46
1959 Braves CF 133 114 3,136 314 2.4 311 305 6 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .990 2.68
1960 Braves CF 149 145 3,952 364 2.4 360 350 10 4 3 n/a n/a n/a .989 2.46
1961 Tigers CF 155 141 3,874 415 2.7 410 406 4 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.86
1962 Tigers CF 145 134 3,695 408 2.8 401 396 5 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .983 2.93
1963 Tigers CF 138 126 3,478 352 2.6 349 343 6 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .991 2.71
1964 Tigers CF 71 59 1,561 130 1.8 128 123 5 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.21
1964 Tigers LF 10 8 216 22 2.2 22 20 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.75
CF Totals 1,551 1,439 39,160 4,053 2.6 3,976 3,874 102 77 32 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.74
LF Totals 10 8 216 22 2.2 22 20 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.75
12 Years 1,561 1,447 39,376 4,075 2.6 3,998 3,894 104 77 33 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.74

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Bill Bruton Miscellaneous Stats

1953 Braves 26 11 .703 1 1 n/a 613.0 6.1 15.0 - - -
1954 Braves 34 13 .723 4 1 n/a 141.8 7.3 18.9 - - -
1955 Braves 25 11 .694 3 0 n/a 70.7 8.8 13.5 - - -
1956 Braves 8 6 .571 4 2 n/a 65.6 8.3 9.4 - - -
1957 Braves 11 4 .733 2 0 n/a 61.2 8.7 10.2 - - -
1958 Braves 4 1 .800 5 2 n/a 108.3 8.8 11.6 - - -
1959 Braves 13 5 .722 7 1 n/a 79.7 8.9 11.7 - - -
1960 Braves 22 13 .629 3 1 n/a 52.4 6.5 11.6 - - -
1961 Tigers 22 6 .786 6 3 n/a 35.1 9.0 9.5 - - -
1962 Tigers 14 7 .667 7 1 n/a 35.1 8.4 7.6 - - -
1963 Tigers 14 7 .667 16 1 n/a 65.5 7.5 10.9 - - -
1964 Tigers 14 5 .737 33 1 n/a 59.2 5.5 9.0 - - -
12 Years 207 89 .699 91 14 n/a 64.4 7.6 11.1 - - -

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Bill Bruton Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1953 Milwaukee Braves 38 Undetermined - -
1954 Milwaukee Braves 38 Undetermined - -
1955 Milwaukee Braves 38 Undetermined - -
1956 Milwaukee Braves 38 Undetermined - -
1957 Milwaukee Braves 38 Undetermined - -
1958 Milwaukee Braves 38 Undetermined - Stats
1959 Milwaukee Braves 38 Undetermined - -
1960 Milwaukee Braves 38 Undetermined - -
1961 Detroit Tigers 38 Undetermined - -
1962 Detroit Tigers 38 Undetermined - -
1963 Detroit Tigers 38 Undetermined - -
1964 Detroit Tigers 38 $35,000.00 - -
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William Havon Bruton was a Major League Baseball player for the Milwaukee Braves (1953-1960) and Detroit Tigers (1961-1964). When Bill, his nickname, made his debut on April 13, 1953 , he took the field wearing #38 , the first MILWAUKEE Braves player to wear that number (the Braves ' franchise moved from Boston to Milwaukee after the 1952 season).
Bill Bruton Baseball Card
Bill Bruton | 1954 Topps Baseball Card (109 | Checklist ) | Baseball Almanac Collection

Bill Bruton had a memorable day that day, going 2-for-4 in his debut, but probably remembered his second game just as well. On April 14, 1953 , Bullet Bill hit his first career home run - with the score tied 2-2 in the 10th inning, Gerry Staley pitching, one out, Bruton slapped a pitch "over" (see his memory of the event at the top of the page) the right field wall, a walk-off dinger that was not only his first home run, but it gave the Braves their first victory in Milwaukee !

Did you know that Bill Bruton once hit two bases-loaded triples in the same game on August 2, 1959 , a unique hitting feat that had occurred just once before in baseball history, on May 1, 1949 . [ Triples Records ] Do you know who the batter was that day? [ Answer ]
Bill Bruton Two Bases Loaded Triples Box Score
Bill Bruton | Stevens Point Journal | August 3, 1959

Did you know that Bill Bruton had another historic game , tying the Major League record for doubles in a game (4) on May 19, 1963 ?

Bill Bruton was an incredibly well-rounded ballplayer who finished his 12-year career having led the National League in stolen bases for three consecutive seasons ( 1953 , 1954 , 1955 ), twice in triples ( 1956 , 1960 ), once in runs scored ( 1960 ), and once in at-bats ( 1955 ). He also led the Senior Circuit in errors committed by a centerfielder three times ( 1955 , 1956 , 1962 ), but made many fine plays as well, tops in his position (CF) in putouts ( 1961 , 1962 ), assists ( 1954 , 1960 ), double plays ( 1953 , 1960 ), and range factor ( 1962 ).

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