Butler’s Comeback

On this date in 1996, Brett Butler returned for his first game since being diagnosed with cancer on May 6. Batting leadoff and playing center field, Butler hit a single in three at-bats and stole a base in a 2-1 victory over the Pirates at Dodger Stadium. Butler underwent surgery and treatment during the summer to combat a rare type of cancer that involved his tonsils. Butler appeared in 763 games with Los Angeles between 1991-1997 and compiled a .298 batting average in 763 games with 14 home runs, 191 RBI and 179 stolen bases.

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