3-Time Stolen Base Leader Bruton Dead at 69

From Associated Press

Billy Bruton, the speedy outfielder whose 10th-inning home run won the first game played by the Braves in Milwaukee, died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while driving. He was 69.

Bruton led the National League in stolen bases three consecutive seasons (1953-55) and had a batting average of .273 in a 12-season career in which he also played for the Detroit Tigers.

He missed the 1957 World Series won by the Braves because of a knee injury but led off the second game of the 1958 World Series with a home run. Bruton was the leading hitter in the 1958 World Series won by the New York Yankees, batting .412.

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