Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!
Brett Butler turns 55 years old today.
I am not talking about the comedian here…
I’m talking about the scrappy, hard-nosed baseball player from the 1980’s that excelled at hitting leadoff. Butler’s ability to put the ball into play and run the bases at a very high level made him an instant success with the Atlanta Braves.
During his 17 year career in which he played for 5 different teams, Butler amassed 2,375 hits with a career average of .290. One of the best leadoff hitters of the 1980’s, Butler was a base stealing threat too as he finished his career with 558 swipes.
The thing Butler may be most known for was his ability to bunt. With an excellent batter’s eye, and uncanny speed, Butler used his skills to do anything he could to get on base. He did exactly what his coaches asked of him and scored an amazing 1,359 runs in the process.
During the later years of Butler’s career, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the tonsils. After making a full recovery, doctors doubted that he would be able to play baseball again, but Butler surprised them and everyone else when he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1 final season.
Happy Birthday Mr. Butler!!!