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Monday, February 06, 2006

Bill Bruton

Eligible in 1970.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 06, 2006 at 08:07 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 06, 2006 at 08:12 PM (#1852253)
Dan Greenia felt (and I agree) that he deserved his own thread, though I suspect any MLE's will not help his case significantly (which is not good to begin with).
   2. DanG Posted: February 07, 2006 at 05:13 AM (#1852972)
Bruton apparently originally said he was born in December 1929. BB-Ref has him being born in November 1925, which I assume is correct.

His minor league stats are really good. In 1950 he played for Eau Claire in the Northern League. He led the league with 66 SB and 126 R, also leading in games and at bats. His BA was .288 with 5 HR, 58 RBI.

In 1951 he moved up to Denver in the Western League. He led the loop (love that archaic word) with 27 triples. BA was .303 with 2 HR, 38 RBI. Also had 19 SB, 104 R.

In 1952 he played for Milwaukee in the American Association. He led the loop with 130 R and 211 H, also leading in games and at bats. His BA was .325 with 5 HR and 62 RBI. Also had 30 SB.

The Braves left Boston after that year, which might have had something to do with him finally breaking into the big leagues.
   3. sunnyday2 Posted: February 07, 2006 at 05:24 AM (#1852986)
Not unlike Sam Jethroe, I think.

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