Don Sutton spent his first 15 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, then pitching for the Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and California Angels, before again joining the Dodgers in 1988. Today, Sutton turns 69 years old.
Though Sutton isn’t recognized as the best pitcher in Dodgers’ history, the right-hander sits at or near the top in several franchise records. Sutton appeared in 550 games for the Dodgers, winning 233 of them, both of which are good for first in franchise all-time totals. Sutton is also eighth on the list in complete games and in 1967; his second season, all 11 of his wins were games where he went the distance. Sutton’s 2,696 strikeouts are first in franchise history, hundreds ahead of Sandy Koufax and thousands ahead of Orel Hershiser.
Sutton narrowly missed being part of World Series winning teams with the Dodgers, joining the team one year after their title in 1965 and leaving before the 1981 season began. A model of consistency and durability throughout his career, Sutton made 16 starts in 1988 as a 43-year-old. His last start came on Aug. 9 and he was then relegated to simply being able to watch the Dodgers magical post season run. The four-time All-Star was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998, which is also the year the Dodgers retired his No. 20 jersey.
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