MLB Dodgers pitching great Don Sutton dies at 75

Tanya Simon
January 22, 2021

Sutton also was a frequent and approachable presence - despite his fame and lofty credentials - in the Braves' dugout during pregame batting practice, always chatting with whichever players, coaches, umpires or media members happened past, and always available to share his insight with those who took the time to ask. Sutton was 75 years old. He played primarily for the Dodgers, but also spent time with the Angels, Brewers, Astros and Athletics. "Rest In Peace", Daron tweeted alongside a series of throwback photos of his dad. He later called games for the Washington Nationals before returning to the Braves on radio in 2009; he was inducted into the Braves' hall of fame as a broadcaster in 2015.

From 1966 to 1986 - when he went 15-11 with a 3.74 ERA at 41 for the California Angels - Sutton pitched at least 200 innings in all but one season. For all these things, I am very grateful. He pitched in the World Series four times - with the Dodgers in 1974, 1977 and 1978 and the Brewers in 1982 - without playing on the championship team.

His death comes just two weeks after Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda died at the age of 93. I have few heroes.

Donald Howard Sutton was born April 2, 1945, in Clio, Alabama, the son of sharecroppers.

Sutton carved out a new career as a broadcaster after his playing days ended, spent nearly entirely with the Atlanta Braves. He was part of an announcing crew that included Ernie Johnson Sr., Pete Van Wieren and Skip Caray on a network that was carried nationwide, making the Braves one of the most popular teams in the days before ESPN and MLB Network.

Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton dies at 75

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Don Sutton", the Braves said in a statement. The team said Tuesday a generation of fans "came to know his voice" and he was "as feared on the mound as he was beloved in the booth". But despite all the success, Don never lost his generous character or humble personality. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

Seven Hall of Famers passed away in 2020, including Lou Brock, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Al Kaline, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, and Tom Seaver.

"ENOUGH! #DonSutton Such a classy man", Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench wrote on Twitter.

In addition to his son, Don Sutton is survived by his wife, Mary, and daughters Staci and Jacquie.

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