Bill Burton (William Havon Burton)

Bill Burton

William Havon Bruton (November 9, 1925 – December 5, 1995) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) center fielder who played for the Milwaukee Braves in 1953 through 1960, and for the Detroit Tigers in 1961 through 1964. Bruton batted left-handed and threw right-handed. Bruton was born in Panola, Alabama. Bill Bruton started his career right after the Braves franchise moved from Boston, Massachusetts to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1953. In his twelve-year major league career, he posted an overall .273 batting average with 94 home runs and 545 run batted in in 1,610 games. A line-drive hitter and a fleet-footed runner, Bruton led the National League in stolen bases for three consecutive seasons (1953 through 1955), twice in triples (1956 and 1960), and once in runs scored (1960). He led off a game with a home run twelve times. Bill Bruton’s milestones include the following: tied for the Northern League lead in games played (124), and led the league in at bats (545), runs (126), and batting average (.325) while playing for the Eau Claire Bears in 1950, led the Western League with 27 triples while playing for the Denver Bears in 1951, tied for the American Association lead in games played (154), at bats (650), runs (130), hits (211), and outfield assists (22) while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1952. Bruton was a spokesman for Tareyton cigarettes in the 1960s. In 1991, Bruton was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. According to the Delaware State Police, Bill Bruton suffered a heart attack while driving his car in Marshallton, Delaware, near his home in Wilmington, Delaware on December 5, 1995. Bruton’s car then veered off the road and hit a pole and he was pronounced dead soon after at a hospital.

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  • November, 09, 1925
  • USA
  • Panola, Alabama


  • December, 05, 1995
  • USA
  • Marshallton, Delaware

Cause of Death

  • heart attack


  • Gracelawn Memorial Park
  • New Castle, Delaware
  • USA

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