Bill Bruton

Bruton was a fleet centerfielder who led the NL in stolen bases in each of his first three seasons. His first ML homer (and his only one in 151 games in 1953) was the first home run hit at Milwaukee’s County Stadium and gave the Braves a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals in ten innings.

Later his power output improved. Twelve times he led off games with home runs. In 1961, after being traded to the Tigers, he hit 17 homers. A knee injury cost him half of the 1957 season and a chance to appear in that year’s WS. He came back strong the next season and hit .412 in the Series. His best season was probably 1960, his last with the Braves; he hit .286 and led the NL in runs scored (112) and triples (13).