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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, 8,566th in MLB history)   vs. CIN 4 AB, 2 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1953 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Braves/Tigers 1953-1964

Final Game: October 2, 1964 (Age 38.328)   vs. BAL 3 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Died: December 5, 1995 in Marshallton, DE
Buried: Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE
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Career Home Runs

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Bill Bruton: 94 Career Home Runs

12 leading off, 1 walk-off, 6 tying, 41 go ahead
2 Tms
MLN48
DET46
 
vs RHP87
vs LHP7
 
Away55
Home39
 
Leverage
High Lev15
Medium Lev47
Low Lev32
15 Opps
STL12
NYG/SFG8
CLE8
LAD/BRO7
CHC7
CHW7
MIN6
PHI6
KCA6
WSA6
CIN5
LAA5
BOS4
BAL4
PIT3
66 Pitchers
Robin Roberts5
Ron Kline3
Larry Jackson3
Ken McBride3
Don Drysdale3
Sam Jones3
Jim Perry3
Camilo Pascual2
Don Newcombe2
Pedro Ramos2
Buster Narum2
Ed Rakow2
Gene Conley2
Jay Hook2
Bill Monbouquette2
Mudcat Grant2
Sal Maglie2
Ruben Gomez2
Dick Stigman2
Seth Morehead1
20 Parks
Tiger Stad24
County Stad15
Sprtsmn3/Busch8
Ebbets Fld5
ClevelandStd5
Munic. Stad5
Polo Grounds4
Crosley Fld4
Wrigley Fld4
Metrop. Stad3
Shibe Pk2
Memor. Stad2
Wrigley (LA)2
Forbes Fld2
RFK Stad2
LA Coliseum2
Fenway Pk2
Comiskey Pk1
Seals Stad1
Candlestick1
Where Hit
970
Unk16
73
82
892
781
General field locations
when available.
 
2 Inside the Park
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms90
2·HR gms2
Gms w/ this # = 0
are not shown.
 
OrderPos
1st49
2nd38
7th4
6th2
3rd1
Outs
137
037
220
 
DefPos
CF93
LF1
Bases
---62
1--11
12-9
-2-5
1232
-232
1-32
--31
 
143 RBI
RISP21
0 on62
1 on17
2 on13
3 on2
Any on32
Inning
118
27
316
48
515
610
77
83
96
Extra4
 
1-341
4-633
7-end20
RelScore
+4..8
+34
+218
+17
Tied37
-19
-25
-33
-4..3
 
Ahead37
Tied37
Behind20
Before event,
for batter

Play By Play

View Pitches · WE and WPA Explanation
1953 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1953-04-14 MLN STL Gerry Staley tied 2-2 b 10 1 --- 1 1 8 0.419 100% Walk-Off Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF)
1954 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
2 2 1 1 1954-07-05 (1) MLN @ STL Brooks Lawrence ahead 4-1 t 2 1 1-- 2 1 8 0.105 89% Home Run; Wilson Scores/unER
3 3 2 1 1954-08-01 MLN @ BRO Russ Meyer tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.095 59% Lead-Off Home Run
4 4 3 1 1954-08-07 MLN @ NYG Ruben Gomez tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.096 60% Lead-Off Home Run
5 5 4 1 1954-09-06 (2) MLN CHC Dave Cole ahead 4-0 b 6 1 -2- 2 1 8 0.028 99% IPHR Home Run; Burdette Scores/unER
1955 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
6 6 1 1 1955-04-17 (1) MLN @ CIN Rudy Minarcin ahead 5-1 t 6 1 1-- 2 1 8 0.054 97% Home Run; Crandall Scores
7 7 2 1 1955-05-07 MLN @ STL Bobby Tiefenauer ahead 2-0 t 2 1 -23 3 1 8 0.120 89% Home Run; O'Connell Scores; White Scores
8 8 3 1 1955-05-15 (2) MLN PHI Robin Roberts tied 0-0 b 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.101 65% Lead-Off Home Run
9 9 4 1 1955-05-27 MLN @ CHC Sam Jones tied 2-2 t 4 1 --- 1 1 8 0.129 60% Home Run
10 10 5 1 1955-06-03 MLN @ PHI Murry Dickson tied 3-3 t 10 0 --- 1 1 8 0.338 84% Home Run (Line Drive)
11 11 6 1 1955-06-11 MLN @ PIT Bob Friend tied 4-4 t 9 2 -2- 2 1 8 0.447 91% Home Run; Crandall Scores
12 12 7 1 1955-07-16 MLN @ NYG Sal Maglie tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.097 60% Lead-Off Home Run
13 13 8 1 1955-07-24 (1) MLN @ BRO Don Newcombe ahead 4-2 t 3 2 1-- 2 1 8 0.150 84% Home Run (Fly Ball to LF-CF); Burdette Scores
14 14 9 1 1955-08-18 MLN @ STL Larry Jackson ahead 2-0 t 4 2 1-- 2 1 8 0.153 86% Home Run; Crandall Scores
1956 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
15 15 1 1 1956-04-21 MLN @ STL Willard Schmidt tied 0-0 t 2 2 --- 1 7 8 0.114 57% Home Run
16 16 2 1 1956-05-31 MLN @ CHC Warren Hacker ahead 13-0 t 4 2 --- 1 7 8 0.000 100% Home Run
17 17 3 1 1956-06-15 MLN @ BRO Sal Maglie behind 0-1 t 3 2 12- 3 2 8 0.299 68% Home Run; Burdette Scores; O'Connell Scores
18 18 4 1 1956-06-21 MLN @ PIT Ron Kline ahead 1-0 t 3 1 --- 1 2 8 0.110 71% Home Run
19 19 5 1 1956-06-22 MLN @ NYG Ruben Gomez tied 0-0 t 3 1 --- 1 2 8 0.122 60% Home Run
20 20 6 1 1956-09-17 (2) MLN @ NYG Al Worthington tied 1-1 t 5 0 --- 1 1 8 0.147 65% Home Run
21 21 7 1 1956-09-23 MLN CHC Vito Valentinetti ahead 3-0 b 6 2 123 4 2 8 0.065 99% Home Run; Pafko Scores; Rice Scores; Logan Scores
22 22 8 1 1956-09-29 MLN @ STL Herm Wehmeier tied 0-0 t 1 1 --- 1 2 8 0.104 58% Home Run
1957 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
23 23 1 1 1957-05-30 (1) MLN CHC Dick Drott ahead 2-1 b 6 1 --- 1 7 8 0.115 85% Home Run (Deep RF)
24 24 2 1 1957-06-13 MLN @ BRO Don Drysdale tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.095 60% Lead-Off Home Run
25 25 3 2 1957-06-13 MLN @ BRO Don Drysdale ahead 2-0 t 2 2 -2- 2 1 8 0.139 82% Home Run; Sawatski Scores
26 26 4 1 1957-06-20 MLN NYG Curt Barclay tied 0-0 b 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.106 65% Lead-Off Home Run (Deep CF)
27 27 5 1 1957-06-23 (1) MLN PHI Robin Roberts behind 4-5 b 5 0 --- 1 1 8 0.166 56% Home Run (Deep RF)
1958 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
28 28 1 1 1958-07-16 MLN @ STL Sam Jones tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.096 60% Lead-Off Home Run
29 29 2 1 1958-08-14 MLN @ CIN Don Newcombe tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.096 60% Lead-Off Home Run (Deep RF)
30 30 3 1 1958-08-19 (1) MLN @ LAD Don Drysdale behind 0-3 t 3 2 --- 1 1 8 0.077 25% Home Run (Line Drive)
1959 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
31 31 1 1 1959-04-22 MLN @ PHI Robin Roberts ahead 1-0 t 8 0 --- 1 1 8 0.118 87% Home Run (Deep RF)
32 32 2 1 1959-04-25 MLN @ CIN Tom Acker behind 3-4 t 5 0 --- 1 1 8 0.139 50% Home Run (Deep RF)
33 33 3 1 1959-04-29 MLN STL Gary Blaylock ahead 5-3 b 6 1 --- 1 1 8 0.069 92% Home Run (Deep RF)
34 34 4 1 1959-05-13 MLN @ STL Larry Jackson tied 2-2 t 8 2 --- 1 1 8 0.284 70% Home Run (Deep RF)
35 35 5 1 1959-06-19 MLN @ SFG Sam Jones tied 2-2 t 10 1 --- 1 1 8 0.384 83% Home Run
36 36 6 1 1959-08-11 (2) MLN @ CIN Jay Hook tied 3-3 t 7 0 --- 1 1 8 0.193 69% Home Run (Deep RF)
1960 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
37 37 1 1 1960-05-01 MLN PHI Don Cardwell tied 1-1 b 5 0 --- 1 1 8 0.159 72% Home Run (Deep CF-RF)
38 38 2 1 1960-06-03 MLN CIN Jay Hook ahead 2-1 b 3 1 --- 1 1 8 0.108 77% Home Run (Deep RF)
39 39 3 1 1960-06-11 MLN @ SFG Johnny Antonelli behind 0-1 t 3 0 12- 3 1 8 0.240 73% Home Run; Logan Scores; Pizarro Scores
40 40 4 1 1960-06-18 MLN STL Bob Duliba ahead 2-0 b 7 1 12- 3 1 8 0.073 99% Home Run (Deep RF); Crandall Scores; Burdette Scores
41 41 5 1 1960-06-22 MLN SFG Stu Miller ahead 5-1 b 7 0 --- 1 1 8 0.013 99% IPHR Inside-the-park Home Run to RF
42 42 6 1 1960-07-03 MLN @ STL Ron Kline tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.097 60% Lead-Off Home Run (Deep RF)
43 43 7 1 1960-07-21 MLN STL Larry Jackson ahead 2-0 b 5 2 --- 1 1 8 0.079 89% Home Run (Deep CF-RF)
44 44 8 1 1960-07-30 MLN @ LAD Sandy Koufax tied 1-1 t 3 0 --- 1 1 8 0.114 61% Home Run (Fly Ball)
45 45 9 1 1960-08-31 (2) MLN @ CHC Bob Anderson ahead 2-0 t 2 2 12- 3 1 8 0.187 89% Home Run; Logan Scores; Willey Scores
46 46 10 1 1960-09-01 MLN @ CHC Seth Morehead ahead 7-0 t 7 0 --- 1 1 8 0.003 100% Home Run (Deep RF)
47 47 11 1 1960-09-18 MLN PHI Art Mahaffey tied 0-0 b 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.109 65% Lead-Off Home Run (Deep CF)
48 48 12 1 1960-09-23 MLN PIT Red Witt tied 0-0 b 3 1 --- 1 1 8 0.132 66% Home Run (Deep LF)
1961 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
49 49 1 1 1961-04-15 DET CHW Bob Shaw ahead 3-1 b 4 2 12- 3 2 8 0.158 94% Home Run (Deep RF); Mossi Scores/unER; Wood Scores/unER; Bruton Scores/unER
50 50 2 1 1961-05-25 DET @ MIN Ted Sadowski tied 5-5 t 10 0 --- 1 2 8 0.330 83% Home Run (Deep RF)
51 51 3 1 1961-05-27 DET @ LAA Ken McBride behind 0-10 t 8 0 --- 1 2 8 0.001 0% Home Run (Deep RF)
52 52 4 1 1961-06-04 (1) DET MIN Camilo Pascual ahead 4-1 b 7 1 --- 1 2 8 0.032 97% Home Run (Deep RF)
53 53 5 1 1961-06-23 DET @ CLE Jim Perry tied 0-0 t 1 1 --- 1 2 8 0.101 58% Home Run (Deep RF)
54 54 6 2 1961-06-23 DET @ CLE Jim Perry ahead 3-1 t 2 2 -23 3 2 8 0.175 88% Home Run (Deep RF); Wood Scores; Roarke Scores
55 55 7 1 1961-06-29 DET CHW Cal McLish behind 0-1 b 3 1 1-- 2 2 8 0.206 65% Home Run (Deep RF); McAuliffe Scores
56 56 8 1 1961-07-09 (2) DET LAA Ron Kline ahead 3-2 b 6 1 -2- 2 2 8 0.144 90% Home Run (Deep RF); McAuliffe Scores
57 57 9 1 1961-07-19 DET BAL Jack Fisher behind 1-3 b 5 1 --- 1 2 8 0.124 38% Home Run (Deep RF)
58 58 10 1 1961-07-25 DET @ LAA Ken McBride behind 1-3 t 9 2 12- 3 2 8 0.713 79% Home Run (Deep RF); Fernandez Scores; Wood Scores
59 59 11 1 1961-07-28 DET MIN Pedro Ramos behind 1-2 b 6 0 --- 1 2 8 0.177 58% Home Run (Deep RF)
60 60 12 1 1961-08-18 DET BOS Bill Monbouquette ahead 2-0 b 4 1 --- 1 2 8 0.079 85% Home Run (Deep RF)
61 61 13 1 1961-08-22 DET @ CLE Mudcat Grant ahead 2-0 t 3 0 1-- 2 2 8 0.120 86% Home Run (Deep RF); Wood Scores
62 62 14 1 1961-08-24 DET @ CLE Jim Perry ahead 1-0 t 3 1 --- 1 2 8 0.106 70% Home Run (Deep RF)
63 63 15 1 1961-08-30 DET CHW Juan Pizarro behind 2-4 b 5 2 --- 1 2 8 0.121 36% Home Run (Deep RF)
64 64 16 1 1961-08-31 DET CHW Frank Baumann tied 0-0 b 1 0 1-- 2 2 8 0.148 73% Home Run (Deep RF); Wood Scores
65 65 17 1 1961-09-10 DET @ BOS Gene Conley behind 0-6 t 4 0 --- 1 2 8 0.030 8% Home Run (Deep RF)
1962 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
66 66 1 1 1962-04-17 DET WSA Bennie Daniels ahead 3-1 b 5 1 1-3 3 2 8 0.101 96% Home Run; Brown Scores; Wood Scores
67 67 2 1 1962-04-29 DET LAA Jim Donohue ahead 7-0 b 5 0 --- 1 2 8 0.006 99% Home Run
68 68 3 1 1962-05-02 DET @ KCA Norm Bass behind 4-7 t 4 2 1-- 2 2 8 0.167 33% Home Run; Wood Scores
69 69 4 1 1962-05-03 DET @ KCA Ed Rakow tied 2-2 t 5 2 --- 1 2 8 0.148 60% Home Run
70 70 5 1 1962-05-06 DET @ MIN Camilo Pascual ahead 1-0 t 3 1 1-- 2 2 8 0.167 78% Home Run; Foytack Scores
71 71 6 1 1962-05-24 DET @ BAL Wes Stock behind 3-4 t 7 1 --- 1 2 8 0.210 46% Home Run
72 72 7 1 1962-05-31 DET CHW Dom Zanni ahead 2-0 b 5 1 12- 3 2 8 0.122 96% Home Run; Foytack Scores; Wood Scores
73 73 8 1 1962-06-02 DET CLE Dick Donovan ahead 3-1 b 5 1 --- 1 2 8 0.077 88% Home Run
74 74 9 1 1962-07-06 DET BAL Robin Roberts tied 0-0 b 1 0 --3 2 2 8 0.096 73% Home Run; Wood Scores
75 75 10 1 1962-07-20 DET @ KCA Bob Giggie ahead 6-2 t 9 0 1-- 2 3 8 0.010 100% Home Run; McAuliffe Scores/unER
76 76 11 1 1962-08-19 (2) DET @ CHW Verle Tiefenthaler ahead 3-1 t 4 2 123 4 2 8 0.197 95% Home Run (Deep RF); Cash Scores; McAuliffe Scores; Fernandez Scores
77 77 12 1 1962-08-24 DET WSA Ed Hobaugh ahead 6-1 b 6 1 12- 3 2 8 0.019 100% Home Run; Brown Scores; Regan Scores/unER
78 78 13 1 1962-08-26 (1) DET WSA Dave Stenhouse tied 0-0 b 1 0 1-- 2 2 8 0.150 73% Home Run; Fernandez Scores
79 79 14 1 1962-08-27 DET @ BOS Gene Conley tied 0-0 t 1 1 --- 1 2 8 0.099 58% Home Run
80 80 15 1 1962-09-05 (1) DET @ BAL Robin Roberts tied 1-1 t 5 1 1-3 3 2 8 0.246 84% Home Run; Brown Scores; Bunning Scores
81 81 16 1 1962-09-19 DET @ MIN Dick Stigman behind 2-4 t 6 0 --- 1 2 8 0.119 34% Home Run
1963 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
82 82 1 1 1963-04-13 DET @ CLE Pedro Ramos ahead 2-0 t 3 2 --- 1 2 8 0.092 79% Home Run
83 83 2 1 1963-06-24 DET @ KCA Ed Rakow tied 0-0 t 2 0 --- 1 6 8 0.108 61% Home Run
84 84 3 1 1963-06-30 DET LAA Ken McBride behind 4-5 b 6 1 --- 1 6 8 0.198 54% Home Run
85 85 4 1 1963-07-02 DET MIN Dick Stigman behind 3-7 b 9 1 --- 1 7 8 0.009 2% Home Run
86 86 5 1 1963-08-02 DET CLE Mudcat Grant tied 0-0 b 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.104 65% Lead-Off Home Run
87 87 6 1 1963-08-14 DET @ KCA Moe Drabowsky tied 2-2 t 9 1 12- 3 1 8 0.384 97% Home Run; Smith Scores; Brown Scores
88 88 7 1 1963-09-10 (1) DET @ WSA Steve Ridzik behind 1-4 t 3 0 --- 1 1 8 0.085 27% Home Run
89 89 8 1 1963-09-21 DET CHW Fritz Ackley tied 1-1 b 5 1 --- 1 1 8 0.160 70% Home Run
1964 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
90 90 1 1 1964-04-14 DET KCA Vern Handrahan ahead 4-1 b 7 1 -2- 2 1 7 0.034 99% Home Run; Freehan Scores
91 91 2 1 1964-05-19 DET @ WSA Buster Narum tied 0-0 t 3 1 --- 1 1 8 0.126 60% Home Run
92 92 3 1 1964-07-05 (1) DET WSA Buster Narum behind 0-2 b 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.101 44% Lead-Off Home Run
93 93 4 1 1964-09-20 (1) DET CLE Gary Bell behind 4-5 b 9 0 --- 1 1 8 0.443 63% Home Run
94 94 5 1 1964-09-27 DET BOS Bill Monbouquette ahead 2-0 b 5 1 --- 1 1 8 0.076 89% Home Run

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

Much of the data on Baseball-Reference.com's Home Run Logs comes from the Tattersall/McConnell Home Run Log, a database of all homers hit in the major leagues since 1876. This project was begun in the 1940's by John C. Tattersall and was continued after Tattersall's death in 1981 by Bob McConnell, one of SABR's original 16 members. David Vincent, another SABR member, has since assumed the leadership of the project. Baseball-Reference.com has licensed this remarkable database from the Society for American Baseball Research. All credit for the data therein goes to the intrepid researchers who digitized this data from archival sources.

For years from 1914 to 2014, RetroSheet play-by-play data has been used whenever the home run occurred in a game for which we have complete play-by-play data.

There are a handful of cases where the home run logs totals do not agree with the totals on our player pages. We are working to reconcile all of those differences, but believe that in all cases the Home Run Encyclopedia is correct.