Dodgers History

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.