46 Facts About Don Sutton


Donald Howard Sutton was an American professional baseball pitcher.

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Don Sutton played in Major League Baseball for 23 seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, and California Angels.

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Don Sutton won a total of 324 games and pitched 58 shutouts including five one-hitters and ten two-hitters.

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Don Sutton attended high school and community college in Florida before entering professional baseball.

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Don Sutton registered only one 20-win season, but earned 10 or more wins in every season except 1983 and 1988.

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Don Sutton became a television sports broadcaster after his retirement as a player.

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Don Sutton worked in this capacity for several teams, the majority being with the Atlanta Braves.

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Don Sutton was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Don Sutton was born to sharecroppers at the end of World War II, in a tarpaper shack.

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At the time Don Sutton was born, his father was 18 and his mother was 15.

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Don Sutton's father tried logging and construction work, and in looking for work, moved the family to Molino, Florida, just north of Pensacola.

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Don Sutton graduated in 1963 and was voted "Most Likely to Succeed".

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Don Sutton wanted to attend the University of Florida, but coach Dave Fuller was not interested.

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Don Sutton attended Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City for one year, and then Whittier College.

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Don Sutton struck out 209 batters that season, which was the highest strikeout total for a rookie since 1911.

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Don Sutton was selected to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game four times in the 1970s.

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Don Sutton was the National League's starting pitcher and MVP of the 1977 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium.

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Don Sutton had criticized what he thought was excessive media attention paid to Garvey, saying that Reggie Smith was really the team's best player.

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Don Sutton was selected by ten teams in the 1980 free agent re-entry draft.

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Don Sutton was courted by both the Yankees and Astros but ultimately selected Houston.

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One factor in Houston's favor was that Don Sutton would be able to play in the pitcher-friendly Astrodome.

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Don Sutton pitched 10 innings in the series, gave up nine earned runs and was charged with one loss.

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In 1983, Don Sutton had a down year for the Brewers, notching only 8 wins, his lowest full season total to date, and having an ERA of 4.

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In 1985, Don Sutton was traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Ray Burris.

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Don Sutton was reluctant to report to the team, as he was hoping to play for a team in Southern California so that he could live at home with his family.

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Don Sutton ultimately reported to Oakland 12 days late for spring training.

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Don Sutton said that he had his family's approval in the decision and he mentioned his win total – he was 20 wins shy of 300 career wins – as a factor in the decision.

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Don Sutton appeared in two games in the 1986 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, earning a 1.

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Don Sutton finished his career where he'd started it, signing with the Dodgers again in 1988.

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Dodgers executive vice president Fred Claire said that Don Sutton violated league rules by discussing such a position while under contract with a team, but Don Sutton said that he ran into Astros general manager Bill Wood at a game and simply mentioned his willingness to discuss the position later.

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Claire said that Don Sutton's stamina was a major consideration in the move, as the team was looking for pitchers who could last more than five or six innings per start.

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Don Sutton holds the record for most at-bats without a home run .

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Don Sutton retains another record: seven times he pitched nine scoreless innings but got a no-decision.

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Don Sutton holds the major league record for most consecutive losses to one team .

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Don Sutton holds the Dodger franchise record for wins and held the strikeouts record for 42 years until he was passed by Clayton Kershaw in 2022.

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Don Sutton started his broadcasting career in 1989, splitting duties between Dodgers cable telecasts on Z Channel and Atlanta Braves telecasts on TBS.

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In 2002, Don Sutton was diagnosed with kidney cancer resulting in the removal of his left kidney.

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Don Sutton left TBS after the 2006 season, mainly because the network would broadcast fewer games in 2007 and had to cut back on the number of broadcasters.

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Don Sutton was a color commentator for the Washington Nationals on the MASN network during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

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In 1997, Don Sutton appeared on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the fourth time.

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Don Sutton had previously expressed his desire to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

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Don Sutton was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame in July 2015 for his work as a broadcaster.

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Don Sutton became the fourth Braves broadcaster to be honored in this fashion, joining his mentors Ernie Johnson, Skip Caray, and Pete Van Wieren.

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Don Sutton was an avid golfer and wine enthusiast and frequently made references to those hobbies while broadcasting.

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Don Sutton previously served as a color commentator for NBC's coverage of the 1979 National League Championship Series.

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Don Sutton's son, Daron, was a play-by-play broadcaster for the Los Angeles Angels.

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