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.
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 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.
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.
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