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Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton dies at 75

Field Level Media
20 Jan 2021, 09:05 GMT+10

Hall of Fame pitcher and Los Angeles Dodgers great Don Sutton has died at the age of 75, his family announced Tuesday.

Sutton died in his sleep Monday night, his son Daron Sutton said on Twitter.

Sutton was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998 after a 23-year career spent mostly with the Dodgers. Sutton won 324 games against 256 losses and finished with 3,574 strikeouts. He spent 16 seasons with the Dodgers, winning 233 games. He made his debut on April 14, 1966, at 21 years old.

A four-time All Star -- all with the Dodgers -- Sutton's teams made four World Series appearances, winning none. He finished with a career 6-4 mark in the postseason with the Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers and California Angels. But he went 2-3 with a 5.26 ERA in eight World Series starts, six with the Dodgers (1974, 1977, 1978) and two with the Brewers (1982).

Sutton's 324 wins rank tied for 14th all-time. He's ranked 10th in shutouts (58), seventh in innings pitched (5,282.1) and strikeouts (3,574), and third in games started (756) in major-league history.

After leading the majors with a 2.20 ERA in 1980, Sutton left the Dodgers in free agency to join the Houston Astros. The Astros traded Sutton, then 37, to the Milwaukee Brewers in a salary dump at the trade deadline in 1982. Sutton went 26-26 in his three years in Milwaukee.

Sutton was traded to the Oakland A's in December 1984, winning 13 games for the A's in 1985 before getting moved to the California Angels in a post-trade-deadline waiver deal.

Sutton won his 300th game on June 18, 1986, in a complete game win over the Texas Rangers.

Sutton finished his career with the Dodgers, going 3-6 with a 3.92 ERA in 1988. He started 16 games that season before getting released on Aug. 10.

Sutton turned to the broadcast booth in his post-playing days, most notably with the Atlanta Braves, who put him in their Hall of Fame in 2015.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Don Sutton," the Braves said in a statement. "A generation of Braves fans came to know his voice, as Don spent 28 seasons broadcasting Braves games after a 23-year, Hall-of-Fame major league career with the Dodgers, Astros, Brewers and Angels. Don was as feared on the mound as he was beloved in the booth. A 300-game winner who was a four-time All-Star, Don brought an unmatched knowledge of the game and his sharp wit to his calls. But despite all the success, Don never lost his generous character or humble personality. It is with a heavy heart that we send our condolences and sympathies to Don's entire family, including his wife Mary, his son Daron and his daughters Staci and Jacquie."

Sutton was born on April 2, 1945, in Clio, Ala.

--Field Level Media

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