This year has not gotten off to a great start for a lot of reasons, particularly for Dodgers fans. Tommy Lasorda passed away on January 7th and Los Angeles just lost another legend.
Don Sutton has passed away at the age of 75. His son Daron made the announcement via Twitter earlier today, confirming the news before the team was able to. Sutton was the Dodgers franchise leader in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched, shutouts, and starts made pitching with the team for 16 years.
Saddened to share that my dad passed away in his sleep last night. He worked as hard as anyone I’ve ever known and he treated those he encountered with great respect…and he took me to work a lot. For all these things, I am very grateful. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/cvlDRRdVXa
— Daron Sutton (@lifeisgreatsut) January 19, 2021
Sutton was a local guy in the sense that he went to college in nearby Whitter after growing up in Alabama and Florida. The Dodgers signed him out of Summer League way back in the 1960s and would eventually make his way to the big leagues in April of 1966.
Sutton went on to win 12 games that year as a 21-year-old and pitched to a very good 2.99 ERA. From there, his career with the Dodgers would skyrocket. He went on to throw a total of 3816 innings with the team, accumulating over 3500 strikeouts and chalking up 233 wins.
Sutton would go on after his playing career to enter broadcasting, calling games for the Dodgers, Braves, and Nationals on radio and television. Our condolences to the entire Sutton family on the loss, Don will forever be remembered as a legend in Los Angeles.
Sutton was inducted into the Hall of Fame on the 1998 ballot and was the only player selected that year with 81.6 percent of the ballots. The Dodgers would go on to retire his number 20 that year as well in his honor. Sutton was also inducted into the Braves Hall of Game in 2015 for his work as a broadcaster.
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