Blessed with speed and quickness, Bill Bruton was arguably the fastest man in professional baseball in the 1950s. While prowling center field, he could race back for well-hit long balls and charge in to scoop up potential Texas Leaguers. When batting, he used his speed to intimidate opponents into making throwing and fielding mistakes. He added the important element of speed to the powerful Milwaukee Braves teams of the 1950s.
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May 25, 2014: The Tigers posthumously honor Bill Bruton with the African American Legacy Award. The outfielder played for the #Tigers from 1961-64 and died in 1995. Bruton was one of the first African American players to be a regular started for the Tigers pic.twitter.com/C1Wqlif7La
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