BILLY BRUTON TO BE INDUCTED INTO MILWAUKEE BRAVES HONOR ROLL

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association will induct former Milwaukee Braves outfielder Billy Bruton into the Braves Honor Roll.  An induction ceremony will take place at Miller Park on Monday, May 16, beginning at noon at the site of the Braves Honor Roll, which is located on the Miller Park Field Level Concourse along the third base side.

William Bruton of the Milwaukee Braves in his batting stance. Photo courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

William Bruton of the Milwaukee Braves in his batting stance.
Photo courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The lightning-quick center fielder spent eight of his 12 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Milwaukee Braves from 1953-60.  He batted .276 with 48 HR, 327 RBI and 143 stolen bases with the Braves.

Bruton became an instant fan favorite when he hit a 10th inning home run to seal the victory in the Braves’ first-ever home game on April 14, 1953 vs. St. Louis.  Bruton, who finished fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting, led the National League in stolen bases in each of his first three seasons.  The speedster led the NL in runs (112 in 1960) and triples twice (15 in 1956 and 13 in 1960).  During the 1958 World Series, Bruton batted .412 (7-for-17) with 1 HR and 2 RBI.

Bruton finished his career with the Detroit Tigers from 1961-64.  He passed away on December 5, 1995.  Bruton family members will be attending the May 16 ceremony.

Bruton will become the 15th member of the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll.  Previous inductees include: Warren Spahn (2004), Johnny Logan (2005), Andy Pafko (2006), Bobby Thomson (2008), Bob Uecker (2009), Felix Mantilla (2010), Eddie Mathews (2010), Joe Adcock (2011), Frank Torre (2011), Hank Aaron (2012), Del Crandall (2012), Gene Conley (2013), Joe Torre (2014) and Red Schoendienst (2015).

 

5/16/16 Update:

Today we held the ceremony at Miller Park. Here’s a look at Billy’s plaque on the Braves Honor Roll:

Photo May 16, 12 16 14 PM

 

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