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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)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1953 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Braves/Tigers 1953-1964

Final 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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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 17, 2014 2:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #706. Freddy Parent… #707. Whitey Kurowski… #708. John Stone… #709. BILL BRUTON… #710. Alvin Davis… #711. Tom Brunansky… #712. Gorman Thomas… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1953 27 MLN NL 151 668 613 82 153 18 14 1 41 26 11 44 100 .250 .306 .330 .636 70 202 9 6 5 *8O RoY-4
1954 28 MLN NL 142 619 567 89 161 20 7 4 30 34 13 40 78 .284 .336 .365 .701 88 207 3 4 8 0 *8
1955 29 MLN NL 149 685 636 106 175 30 12 9 47 25 11 43 72 .275 .325 .403 .728 96 256 2 4 2 0 6 *8
1956 30 MLN NL 147 578 525 73 143 23 15 8 56 8 6 26 63 .272 .304 .419 .723 97 220 7 1 18 8 11 *8
1957 31 MLN NL 79 332 306 41 85 16 9 5 30 11 4 19 35 .278 .317 .438 .755 107 134 2 1 1 5 4 8
1958 32 MLN NL 100 361 325 47 91 11 3 3 28 4 1 27 37 .280 .336 .360 .696 92 117 5 2 4 3 4 8
1959 33 MLN NL 133 523 478 72 138 22 6 6 41 13 5 35 54 .289 .338 .397 .735 103 190 9 1 7 1 2 *8
1960 34 MLN NL 151 677 629 112 180 27 13 12 54 22 13 41 97 .286 .330 .428 .758 114 269 4 2 1 4 1 *8
1961 35 DET AL 160 668 596 99 153 15 5 17 63 22 6 61 66 .257 .327 .384 .712 88 229 9 3 5 3 0 *8
1962 36 DET AL 147 634 561 90 156 27 5 16 74 14 7 55 67 .278 .346 .430 .776 105 241 11 5 9 3 0 *8
1963 37 DET AL 145 595 524 84 134 21 8 8 48 14 7 59 70 .256 .330 .372 .703 95 195 6 0 10 1 3 *8
1964 38 DET AL 106 331 296 42 82 11 5 5 33 14 5 32 54 .277 .347 .399 .745 106 118 6 0 2 1 1 87
12 Yrs 1610 6671 6056 937 1651 241 102 94 545 207 89 482 793 .273 .328 .393 .720 96 2378 73 29 72 29 32
162 Game Avg. 162 671 609 94 166 24 10 9 55 21 9 48 80 .273 .328 .393 .720 96 239 7 3 7
MLN (8 yrs) 1052 4443 4079 622 1126 167 79 48 327 143 64 275 536 .276 .323 .391 .715 95 1595 41 21 46 21 28
DET (4 yrs) 558 2228 1977 315 525 74 23 46 218 64 25 207 257 .266 .336 .396 .732 97 783 32 8 26 8 4
NL (8 yrs) 1052 4443 4079 622 1126 167 79 48 327 143 64 275 536 .276 .323 .391 .715 95 1595 41 21 46 21 28
AL (4 yrs) 558 2228 1977 315 525 74 23 46 218 64 25 207 257 .266 .336 .396 .732 97 783 32 8 26 8 4

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1953 27 MLN NL 151 668 -27 4 -0 8 -1 -16 -1.8 24 8 0.6 .489 .490 0.0 0.6 0 *8O RoY-4
1954 28 MLN NL 142 619 -11 3 1 4 -1 -4 -0.5 23 19 1.8 .497 .498 1.5 0.2 16 *8
1955 29 MLN NL 149 685 -5 2 2 5 -1 4 0.1 24 28 2.5 .503 .503 2.3 0.3 23 *8
1956 30 MLN NL 147 578 -3 3 1 12 -1 12 1.0 22 34 3.2 .509 .508 2.2 1.0 22 *8
1957 31 MLN NL 79 332 4 2 2 1 -0 8 0.7 13 20 2.0 .511 .505 2.0 0.0 19 8
1958 32 MLN NL 100 361 -0 0 1 1 -0 2 0.2 14 16 1.6 .502 .502 1.5 0.1 15 8
1959 33 MLN NL 133 523 2 5 0 -2 -1 5 0.5 20 24 2.5 .504 .503 2.8 -0.3 27 *8
1960 34 MLN NL 151 677 14 1 2 -5 -1 12 1.2 24 36 3.7 .508 .508 4.2 -0.6 41 *8
1961 35 DET AL 160 668 -5 3 2 9 -1 8 0.6 20 29 2.6 .505 .505 1.9 0.7 20 *8
1962 36 DET AL 147 634 5 1 2 3 -1 11 0.9 19 30 2.8 .507 .507 2.7 0.1 27 *8
1963 37 DET AL 145 595 -6 2 0 1 -1 -3 -0.6 18 15 1.2 .498 .498 1.3 -0.1 14 *8
1964 38 DET AL 106 331 4 3 1 0 -1 7 0.6 10 17 1.6 .507 .505 1.7 -0.2 17 87
12 Seasons 1610 6671 -27 29 15 38 -9 46 2.9 231 278 26.1 .503 .502 24.3 1.8 240
MLN (8 yrs) 1052 4443 -25 20 10 25 -6 23 1.4 163 187 17.9 .502 .502 16.6 1.3 162
DET (4 yrs) 558 2228 -2 9 5 13 -3 23 1.5 68 91 8.2 .504 .504 7.7 0.5 78

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1958 32 MLN NL WS NYY L 7 22 17 2 7 0 0 1 2 0 0 5 5 .412 .545 .588 1.134 10 1 0 0 0 0
1 WS 7 22 17 2 7 0 0 1 2 0 0 5 5 .412 .545 .588 1.134 10 1 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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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.
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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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1971 BBWAA ( 0.3%)

Games Played s c a p y
1960 NL  151 (7th)
1961 AL  160 (6th)

At Bats s c a p y
1953 NL  613 (3rd)
1955 NL  636 (1st)
1960 NL  629 (2nd)
1961 AL  596 (10th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1953 NL  668 (9th)
1955 NL  685 (2nd)
1960 NL  677 (3rd)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1955 NL  106 (7th)
1960 NL  112 (1st)
1961 AL  99 (7th)
1963 AL  84 (9th)

Hits s c a p y
1960 NL  180 (4th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1960 NL  269 (9th)

Doubles s c a p y
1955 NL  30 (6th)
1960 NL  27 (8th)

Triples s c a p y
1953 NL  14 (2nd)
1955 NL  12 (3rd)
1956 NL  15 (1st)
1957 NL  9 (3rd)
1960 NL  13 (1st)
1963 AL  8 (5th)
Career  102 (150th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1953 NL  100 (3rd)
1954 NL  78 (7th)
1955 NL  72 (7th)
1960 NL  97 (6th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1953 NL  26 (1st)
1954 NL  34 (1st)
1955 NL  25 (1st)
1957 NL  11 (9th)
1960 NL  22 (5th)
1961 AL  22 (4th)
1962 AL  14 (10th)
1964 AL  14 (7th)

Singles s c a p y
1954 NL  130 (8th)
1955 NL  124 (5th)
1960 NL  128 (5th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1953 NL  6 (5th)
1955 NL  4 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1956 NL  18 (2nd)
1963 AL  10 (3rd)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1956 NL  8 (4th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1953 NL  11 (3rd)
1954 NL  13 (1st)
1955 NL  11 (3rd)
1956 NL  6 (9th)
1960 NL  13 (1st)
1962 AL  7 (8th)
1963 AL  7 (4th)
Career  89 (176th)

SB % s c a p y
1953 NL  70.27 (4th)
1954 NL  72.34 (3rd)
1955 NL  69.44 (3rd)
1959 NL  72.22 (5th)
1961 AL  78.57 (6th)
1962 AL  66.67 (9th)
1964 AL  73.68 (7th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1955 NL  13.2 (6th)
1960 NL  15.5 (6th)
1961 AL  19.2 (3rd)
1962 AL  14.9 (5th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1953 NL  485 (2nd)
1955 NL  476 (2nd)
1960 NL  471 (2nd)
1961 AL  466 (9th)

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 (39th)

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)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 12 (200), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 47 (542), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 20 (819), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 14 (1255), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (109th), 26.1 career WAR/19.3 7yr-peak WAR/22.7 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

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