Sutton remembered for will to win, legendary durability
In 23 big league seasons, Don Sutton was called on for 756 starting assignments.
He never missed a single one, leaving behind one of the most durable legacies in the game’s history.
Sutton passed away Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the age of 75. He earned Hall of Fame election in 1998 on the strength of a career that was a perpetual string of consistent excellence.
Following his playing career, Sutton called Braves games on TBS for three decades, then worked for the Nationals’ TV crew before returning to the Braves on radio.
“All I ever wanted to be was a pitcher growing up,” Sutton said. “I really didn’t want to be a Dodger or an Astro or a Spokane Indian or a Toledo Mud Hen. I wanted to be a pitcher.”
Craig Muder is the director of communications of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum