Bill Bruton

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Bruton played on Wilmington ballfields after the end of World War II, catching the eye of Judy Johnson and others with major league contacts. He signed a Boston Braves contract in 1950 and became
“Rookie of the Year” at Eau Claire, Wisconsin the same year. Bill had a 12-year Major League career as a center fielder which began in 1952 with the Boston Braves in Boston and in Milwaukee and
continued with the Detroit Tigers. Bruton compiled a lifetime .273 batting average and led the National League in stolen bases his first three seasons. He was the leading hitter in the 1958 World
Series against the New York Yankees with a .458 batting average. He played with Warren Spahn, Lew Burdette, Bob Buhl, Don McMahon, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, Eddie Matthews and Del Crandell in the



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