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Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton dies at 75

Jason Owens
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Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton died Monday at 75 years old.

His son Daron Sutton announced the news on Twitter, writing that his father died overnight in his sleep. According to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Sutton died of cancer.

Sutton a member of great Dodgers rotation

Sutton played 23 seasons as an MLB pitcher from 1966-1988, most notably with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played his first 15 seasons with the Dodgers, where he earned all four of his All-Star nods as a member of a historic rotation that included Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.

He finished in the top five in National League Cy Young voting for five straight seasons from 1972-1976 while never winning the award.

After leaving the Dodgers in 1980, Sutton also pitched for the Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A’s and California Angels before returning to the Dodgers in 1988 for his final MLB season. The Dodgers released him before winning the World Series that season, which would have been his first.

Don Sutton, 15-game winner for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is pictured in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1978, before the start of second game of the World Series. Sutton is slated to start Friday night's third game of the Series against the Yankees 25-game winner Ron Guidry. (AP Photo)
Don Sutton pitched alongside other Dodgers greats Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. (AP Photo)

Sutton finished his career with a 324-256 record and a 3.26 ERA. He recorded 3,574 strikeouts and 1,343 walks over 5,282.1 innings pitched. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

After his playing days, Sutton worked as an analyst for Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals game broadcasts.

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