Hall of Famer and former Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton (right) chat with Hall of Famer and Dodger’s great Sandy Koufax before a classic car game on June 8, 2013 at Dodger Stadium. Sutton died Tuesday morning at the age of 75. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)
Hall of Fame and former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton died at the age of 75. Former Los Angeles left-handed and Brooklyn Dodger Sandy Koufax, left, speaks to the Hall of Famous People and former Los Angeles Dodger right-handed Don Sutton during the old-school. Timer game before a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday June 8, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)
The three living initiates of the Baseball Hall of Fame hold their plaques after their induction in Cooperstown, NY. From left, Lee MacPhail Jr., a general manager and front office innovator for the Dodgers and Yankees, pitcher Don Sutton and Larry Doby, the second black to play in the major leagues. (AP Photo / David Jennings)
ORG XMIT: SUTTON B (TUE). SUTTON WAS INTRODUCED TO THE HALL OF FAME TWO WEEKS AGO.
Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton delivers a pitch during the third game of the 1978 World Series against the New York Yankees on October 13, 1978 at Yankee Stadium. Sutton died Tuesday at the age of 75. One of the longest-lived pitchers in modern history, Sutton is the Dodgers’ front runner in wins, started games, innings and strikeouts. (AP photo)
Atlanta Braves board caster and former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and Baseball Hall of Fame member Don Sutton drives in a car around the field before a baseball game against the Dodgers Monday, July 20, 2015, in Atlanta. Sutton was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame earlier in the day. (AP Photo / John Bazemore)
The Hall of Fame and former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton died at the age of 75. The retired Los Angeles Dodgers score Don Sutton (20) and Don Drysdale (53) during a major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in Los Angeles. Arizona Diamondbacks won 8-5 in 12 innings. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)
Don Sutton, the most successful pitcher in Dodgers history with a long career in broadcasting, died Tuesday morning at the age of 75 at his Rancho Mirage home after a long battle with cancer. Sutton’s son Daron (a former member of the Angels and Milwaukee Brewers broadcast crew) announced Tuesday afternoon that his father had passed away on Twitter.
« Today we lost a great ball player, a great broadcaster, and most importantly, a great person, » said Stan Kasten, President and CEO of Dodgers, in a statement released by the team. “Don made an indelible mark on the Dodger franchise during his 16 seasons in Los Angeles, and many of his records have remained to this day. I was privileged to have worked with Don in both Atlanta and Washington, and I will always treasure our time together. »
Don Sutton made his Major League debut with the Dodgers in 1966. He started the third game of the season for the World Series champions and went down as a 21-year-old with a 2.99 ERA between 12 and 12. When he left the Dodgers as a free agent after the 1980 season, Sutton had won more games (233) , more starts made (533), more innings thrown (3,816-1 / 3) and more batters beaten (2,696). than any other pitcher in franchise history.
But Sutton wasn’t done at the age of 35. The right-hander, who was part of the Dodgers rotation that spanned an era from Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela, played eight more seasons with the Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A’s and the Angels. eventually returned to the Dodgers to make 16 more starts in 1988 at the age of 43.
Sutton, a four-time All-Star, never gave up a run in eight innings and won the game’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1977.
The long-lived Sutton never missed a start due to an injury and threw 200 innings or more in 20 of his first 21 seasons, a stretch that was only interrupted by the shortened strike season in 1981. No other pitcher in baseball history has had 20 seasons with 200 innings or more or 20 seasons with at least 30 starts.
Sutton finished his 23-year career with 756 starts. Only Cy Young, 815, and Nolan Ryan, 773, have made more in baseball history. He also finished seventh all-time in innings (5,282-1 / 3) and strikeouts (3,574). As a four-time All-Star, Sutton had a career record of 324-256 and an ERA of 3.26. He went 28-24 in his more than two seasons with the Angels (1985-87) and recorded his 300th career win with them in June 1986. At that time, he was only the 19th player in baseball history to win 300 games.
After his playing career, Sutton began a broadcast career as an analyst on the Dodgers’ early cable shows and then spent three decades broadcasting games for the Braves and Nationals. His number (20) was withdrawn from the Dodgers after his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.
« We are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend Don Sutton, » the Braves said in a statement. “A generation of Braves fans got to know his voice when Don spent 28 seasons broadcasting Braves games. … Don was just as feared on the hill as he was loved in the cabin. A 300-game winner who was four-time All-Star, Don brought an unmatched knowledge of the game and keen wit to his calls. Despite all his successes, Don never lost his generous character or humble personality. With a heavy heart, we send our condolences and condolences to Don’s entire family. »
Sutton’s death follows the death of longtime Dodgers executive Tommy Lasorda earlier this month and follows a 2020 year that saw seven Hall of Famers die, the most sedentary members of Cooperstown to die in a calendar year. They were Lou Brock, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Al Kaline, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, and Tom Seaver.
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