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Bill Bruton

William Haron Bruton

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 169 lb.

Born: November 9, 1925 in Panola, AL
Signed
by the Boston Braves as an amateur free agent in 1950. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 13, 1953 (Age 27.155, 8,567th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1953 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Braves/Tigers 1953-1964

Last Game: October 2, 1964 (Age 38.328)
Died: December 5, 1995 in Marshallton, DE
Buried: Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE
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Standard Fielding

Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1953 MLN NL 27 CF 150 147 143 1301.2 414 393 12 9 5 .978 8 7 2.80 2.70 .980 2.84 2.78 RoY-4
1953 MLN NL 27 OF 150 147 143 1301.2 421 397 15 9 5 .979 8 7 2.85 2.75 .980 2.37 2.32 RoY-4
1954 MLN NL 28 CF 141 129 128 1193.1 341 320 14 7 3 .979 4 4 2.52 2.37 .982 2.79 2.78
1954 MLN NL 28 OF 141 129 128 1193.1 371 350 14 7 3 .981 4 4 2.75 2.58 .975 2.36 2.34
1955 MLN NL 29 CF 149 145 143 1307.1 407 377 16 14 6 .966 5 5 2.71 2.64 .982 2.61 2.59
1955 MLN NL 29 OF 149 145 143 1307.1 443 412 17 14 6 .968 5 5 2.95 2.88 .977 2.30 2.28
1956 MLN NL 30 OF 145 138 133 1247.1 414 391 10 13 1 .969 12 12 2.89 2.77 .977 2.28 2.25
1956 MLN NL 30 CF 144 138 133 1247.1 421 396 11 14 2 .967 12 12 2.94 2.83 .982 2.76 2.73
1957 MLN NL 31 CF 79 76 73 689.2 217 208 5 4 2 .982 1 2 2.78 2.70 .985 2.81 2.83
1957 MLN NL 31 OF 79 76 73 689.2 215 206 5 4 2 .981 1 2 2.75 2.67 .980 2.29 2.31
1958 MLN NL 32 CF 96 85 75 748.2 209 199 5 5 0 .976 1 2 2.45 2.13 .986 2.73 2.71
1958 MLN NL 32 OF 96 85 75 748.2 214 203 6 5 0 .977 1 2 2.51 2.18 .980 2.26 2.25
1959 MLN NL 33 CF 133 114 105 1046.1 306 297 6 3 2 .990 -2 -3 2.61 2.28 .980 2.62 2.59
1959 MLN NL 33 OF 133 114 105 1046.1 318 309 6 3 2 .991 -2 -3 2.71 2.37 .977 2.21 2.19
1960 MLN NL 34 CF 149 145 144 1317.1 366 352 10 4 3 .989 -5 -4 2.47 2.43 .981 2.60 2.60
1960 MLN NL 34 OF 149 145 144 1317.1 366 351 10 5 3 .986 -5 -4 2.47 2.42 .978 2.20 2.20
1961 DET AL 35 CF 155 141 139 1291.1 415 406 4 5 2 .988 9 8 2.86 2.65 .982 2.60 2.57
1961 DET AL 35 OF 155 141 139 1291.1 419 410 4 5 2 .988 9 8 2.89 2.67 .977 2.25 2.22
1962 DET AL 36 OF 145 133 131 1231.2 406 394 5 7 2 .983 3 3 2.92 2.75 .980 2.19 2.18
1962 DET AL 36 CF 144 133 131 1231.2 408 396 5 7 2 .983 3 3 2.93 2.78 .986 2.58 2.57
1963 DET AL 37 CF 138 127 123 1159.1 351 342 6 3 3 .991 1 1 2.70 2.52 .986 2.58 2.58
1963 DET AL 37 OF 138 127 123 1159.1 348 339 6 3 3 .991 1 1 2.68 2.50 .981 2.16 2.16
1964 DET AL 38 OF 81 67 60 592.1 152 143 7 2 3 .987 0 1 2.28 1.85 .980 2.04 2.03
1964 DET AL 38 CF 71 59 53 520.1 130 123 5 2 2 .985 -0 -1 2.21 1.80 .981 2.45 2.44
1964 DET AL 38 LF 10 8 7 72.0 22 20 2 0 1 1.000 1 13 2.75 2.20 .975 1.81 1.80
12 Seasons OF 1561 1447 1397 13126.1 4087 3905 105 77 32 .981 38 3 2.75 2.57 .978 2.25 2.23
12 Seasons CF 1549 1439 1390 13054.1 3985 3809 99 77 32 .981 37 3 2.69 2.52 .983 2.67 2.65
1 Season LF 10 8 7 72.0 22 20 2 0 1 1.000 1 13 2.75 2.20 .975 1.81 1.80
12 Seasons TOT 1561 1447 1397 13126.1 4087 3905 105 77 32 .981 38 3 2.75 2.57 .978 2.25 2.23
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1953 MLN NL 27 CF 8 7 10 6 4 -2
1954 MLN NL 28 CF 4 4 5 4 0 -1
1955 MLN NL 29 CF 5 5 3 -0 4 2
1956 MLN NL 30 CF 12 12 12 8 4 0
1957 MLN NL 31 CF 1 2 2 -0 2 -1
1958 MLN NL 32 CF 1 2 -1 2 -3 2
1959 MLN NL 33 CF -2 -3 -1 -1 -1 -1
1960 MLN NL 34 CF -5 -4 -3 2 -5 -2
1961 DET AL 35 CF 9 8 6 4 2 3
1962 DET AL 36 CF 3 3 2 -4 6 1
1963 DET AL 37 CF 1 1 -3 -0 -2 4
1964 DET AL 38 CF -0 -1 -0 3 -4 0
1964 DET AL 38 LF 1 13 1 -0 1 0
12 Seasons CF 37 3 32 24 8 5
1 Season LF 1 13 1 -0 1 0
12 Seasons TOT 38 3 33 23 9 5

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1953 MLN NL 27 151 147 151 150 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 150 0 150 0 1 1
1954 MLN NL 28 142 129 142 141 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 141 0 141 0 4 1
1955 MLN NL 29 149 145 149 149 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 149 0 149 0 3 0
1956 MLN NL 30 147 138 147 145 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 145 0 145 0 4 2
1957 MLN NL 31 79 76 79 79 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 79 0 79 0 2 0
1958 MLN NL 32 100 85 100 96 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 96 0 96 0 5 2
1959 MLN NL 33 133 114 133 133 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 133 0 133 0 7 1
1960 MLN NL 34 151 145 151 149 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 149 0 149 0 3 1
1961 DET AL 35 160 141 160 155 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 155 0 155 0 6 3
1962 DET AL 36 147 134 147 145 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 145 0 145 0 7 1
1963 DET AL 37 145 127 145 138 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 138 0 138 0 16 1
1964 DET AL 38 106 67 106 81 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 71 0 81 0 33 1
12 Seasons 1610 1448 1610 1561 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1551 0 1561 0 91 14
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- CF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1953 MLN NL 27 7 0 7 0 2 10 0 3 3 3 47 23 3 25 1 1 7 3 0 23 4 1 21 14 1 123 45 36.6% 72 6 4.9% 4 4512 64% 80% 31% 539 63%
1954 MLN NL 28 7 0 7 0 2 13 0 4 5 2 43 25 2 17 2 1 3 3 0 21 3 0 25 16 1 109 49 45.0% 56 4 3.7% 9 4410 64% 80% 30% 441 68%
1955 MLN NL 29 13 0 13 0 6 15 0 4 5 3 59 37 3 28 2 2 3 0 0 16 5 0 31 23 4 137 67 48.9% 61 9 6.6% 6 4850 64% 80% 29% 495 69%
1956 MLN NL 30 11 0 9 2 3 9 0 1 5 1 51 27 5 38 6 1 5 0 0 16 4 0 36 29 0 146 66 45.2% 74 6 4.1% 3 4628 62% 82% 31% 549 66%
1957 MLN NL 31 4 0 4 0 3 5 0 1 2 0 43 23 1 25 1 0 6 2 0 14 3 0 22 17 1 110 46 41.8% 62 2 1.8% 3 2935 66% 80% 29% 359 59%
1958 MLN NL 32 5 0 5 0 1 5 1 1 1 2 33 21 1 17 3 1 4 0 1 12 4 0 17 14 0 83 42 50.6% 38 3 3.6% 2 3061 63% 81% 29% 317 63%
1959 MLN NL 33 3 0 3 0 0 6 1 3 1 1 82 46 1 45 4 1 13 5 0 16 3 0 22 14 1 178 72 40.4% 103 3 1.7% 3 4378 60% 81% 28% 562 53%
1960 MLN NL 34 4 0 3 1 1 10 0 5 3 1 76 37 1 33 3 0 12 4 1 20 3 0 33 24 2 174 71 40.8% 99 4 2.3% 6 5639 60% 80% 29% 646 56%
1961 DET AL 35 5 0 3 2 0 4 0 1 2 0 92 62 2 39 5 0 10 5 0 21 1 0 41 31 1 203 104 51.2% 96 3 1.5% 1 5452 62% 80% 30% 742 55%
1962 DET AL 36 7 0 7 0 3 5 0 1 1 1 76 38 0 41 7 0 5 2 0 22 4 0 42 35 1 186 86 46.2% 99 1 0.5% 4 5348 61% 80% 31% 681 58%
1963 DET AL 37 3 0 3 0 1 6 0 1 4 0 61 34 1 42 8 0 5 4 0 17 3 0 30 26 2 155 75 48.4% 77 3 1.9% 3 4962 64% 79% 28% 589 59%
1964 DET AL 38 2 0 2 0 1 5 0 1 0 2 45 18 1 25 5 1 7 3 0 4 1 0 8 5 1 89 32 36.0% 54 3 3.4% 2 2167 65% 75% 26% 261 48%
12 Seasons 71 0 66 5 23 93 2 26 32 16 708 391 21 375 47 8 80 31 2 202 38 1 328 248 15 1693 755 44.6% 891 47 2.8% 46 52342 63% 80% 30% 6181 60%
MLB Averages 43.2% 2.4% 63% 80% 29% 57%

Advanced Fielding -- LF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1964 DET AL 38 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 6 2 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 13 4 30.8% 9 0 0.0% 2 311 62% 78% 28% 43 49%
1 Season 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 6 2 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 13 4 30.8% 9 0 0.0% 2 311 62% 78% 28% 43 49%
MLB Averages 58.3% 2.5% 63% 80% 29% 48%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1971 BBWAA ( 0.3%)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1964 AL  1 (3rd)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1953 NL  150 (5th)
1954 NL  141 (5th)
1955 NL  149 (3rd)
1959 NL  133 (5th)
1960 NL  149 (3rd)
1961 AL  155 (1st)
1962 AL  144 (2nd)
1963 AL  138 (1st)
Career  1,549 (29th)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1953 NL  393 (4th)
1955 NL  377 (3rd)
1956 NL  396 (3rd)
1959 NL  297 (5th)
1960 NL  352 (3rd)
1961 AL  406 (1st)
1962 AL  396 (1st)
1963 AL  342 (2nd)
Career  3,809 (32nd)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1953 NL  12 (4th)
1954 NL  14 (1st)
1955 NL  16 (2nd)
1956 NL  11 (4th)
1959 NL  6 (5th)
1960 NL  10 (3rd)
Career  99 (36th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1953 NL  9 (2nd)
1954 NL  7 (3rd)
1955 NL  14 (1st)
1956 NL  14 (1st)
1957 NL  4 (4th)
1958 NL  5 (4th)
1961 AL  5 (5th)
1962 AL  7 (1st)
Career  77 (25th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1953 NL  5 (1st)
1954 NL  3 (2nd)
1955 NL  6 (2nd)
1956 NL  2 (4th)
1957 NL  2 (3rd)
1959 NL  2 (3rd)
1960 NL  3 (1st)
1961 AL  2 (4th)
1962 AL  2 (2nd)
1963 AL  3 (4th)
1964 AL  2 (4th)
Career  32 (16th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1955 NL  149 (4th)
1960 NL  149 (4th)
1961 AL  155 (3rd)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1953 NL  397 (3rd)
1955 NL  412 (1st)
1956 NL  391 (3rd)
1959 NL  309 (5th)
1960 NL  351 (3rd)
1961 AL  410 (1st)
1962 AL  394 (1st)
1963 AL  339 (3rd)
Career  3,905 (82nd)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1953 NL  15 (5th)
1954 NL  14 (1st)
1955 NL  17 (3rd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1953 NL  9 (2nd)
1955 NL  14 (1st)
1956 NL  13 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1953 NL  5 (1st)
1954 NL  3 (4th)
1955 NL  6 (2nd)
1960 NL  3 (5th)
1962 AL  2 (3rd)
1964 AL  3 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1953 NL  8 (2nd)
1954 NL  4 (3rd)
1955 NL  5 (5th)
1956 NL  13 (3rd)
1961 AL  9 (2nd)
1962 AL  3 (5th)
Career  37 (40th)

Range Factor/9Inn as CF (s.1954)s c a p y
1953 NL  2.80 (4th)
1955 NL  2.71 (3rd)
1956 NL  2.94 (2nd)
1957 NL  2.78 (5th)
1959 NL  2.61 (4th)
1961 AL  2.86 (3rd)
1962 AL  2.93 (1st)
1963 AL  2.70 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1953 NL  2.70 (3rd)
1955 NL  2.64 (3rd)
1956 NL  2.83 (2nd)
1957 NL  2.70 (4th)
1960 NL  2.43 (5th)
1961 AL  2.65 (3rd)
1962 AL  2.78 (1st)
1963 AL  2.52 (5th)
Career  2.52 (95th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1953 NL  .978 (5th)
1959 NL  .990 (1st)
1960 NL  .989 (2nd)
1961 AL  .988 (3rd)
1963 AL  .991 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as OF s c a p y
1953 NL  8 (3rd)
1956 NL  13 (4th)
1961 AL  9 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as OFs c a p y
1953 NL  2.85 (5th)
1955 NL  2.95 (1st)
1956 NL  2.89 (3rd)
1957 NL  2.75 (5th)
1959 NL  2.71 (3rd)
1961 AL  2.89 (3rd)
1962 AL  2.92 (1st)
1963 AL  2.68 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1953 NL  2.75 (3rd)
1955 NL  2.88 (1st)
1956 NL  2.77 (3rd)
1957 NL  2.67 (4th)
1959 NL  2.37 (5th)
1960 NL  2.42 (5th)
1961 AL  2.67 (3rd)
1962 AL  2.75 (1st)
1963 AL  2.50 (4th)
Career  2.57 (53rd)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1959 NL  .991 (3rd)
1960 NL  .986 (5th)
1961 AL  .988 (4th)
1963 AL  .991 (3rd)

Oldest s c a p y
1963 AL  born 1925-11-09 (7th)
1964 AL  born 1925-11-09 (4th)

                                         

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