This week, the Dodgers family lost another legend. Hall of Famer Don Sutton passed away at the age of 75 after a battle with cancer.
Team president Stan Kasten released a statement on the loss of Sutton.
Today we lost a great ballplayer, a great broadcaster, and, most importantly a great person. Don left an indelible mark on the Dodger franchise during his 16 seasons in Los Angeles and many of his records continue to stand to this day. I was privileged to have worked with Don in both Atlanta and Washington, and will always cherish our time spent together. On behalf of the Dodger organization, we send our condolences to the entire Sutton Family, including Don’s wife Mary, his son Daron and his daughters Staci and Jacquie.
The Dodgers’ all time leader in wins (233 LAD, 324 career), Sutton spent 16 of his 23 seasons with Los Angeles. A workhorse for teams in the late 60s and all through the 70s, the right-hander helped lead the club to the World Series three times, coming up short each time. By the time the Dodgers won it all in 1981, the Mechanic had moved on to join the Houston Astros. He did re-join Lasorda’s Dodgers in 1988, but the then 43-year-old was released by the club before the postseason run.
From a Release from the Dodgers
Following his illustrious pitching career, Sutton started his broadcasting career in 1987 working the League Championship Series for NBC before splitting his time in 1989 between the Dodgers Z Channel and the Atlanta Braves. He then spent 18 years with the Braves calling the action on TBS. Sutton spent two years with the Washington Nationals in 2007-08 and returned to the Braves in 2009, where he has been ever since. Sutton was elected to the Braves Hall of Fame in 2015 for his broadcast work.
Since his passing, the baseball world has shared tributes, thoughts, and remembrances of his exceptional 23 season career.
Don Sutton Tribute, Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB Network remembers Don Sutton
MLB Tonight: Don Sutton’s Legacy
Sutton is survived by his wife, Mary, son Daron, and his daughters Staci and Jacquie.