Sutton, Don

Donald Howard Sutton
Born: April 2, 1945, Clio, Alabama
Played For: 
Los Angeles Dodgers (1966-1980, 1988), Houston Astros (1981-1982), Milwaukee Brewers (1982-1984), Oakland Athletics (1985), California Angels (1985-1987)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1998

A model of consistency and durability throughout his 23-year Major League career, Don Sutton won 324 games and struck out 3,574 batters, while never missing his turn in the pitching rotation for the Dodgers, Astros, Brewers, Athletics and Angels. A four-time All-Star, he reached double figures in wins in 21 of his 23 seasons and struck out over 100 batters in each of his first 21 campaigns. He pitched in four World Series and posted five career one-hit games.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Don Sutton recorded 209 strikeouts during his rookie season of 1966, the most by a National League rookie since Grover Cleveland Alexander's 227 in 1911?
When you gave him the ball, you knew one thing -- your pitcher was going to give you everything he had. You win as many games as he did -- to me, that should be automatic Hall of Fame.
Tommy Lasorda