|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 14, 1966 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|August 9, 1988 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Career Highlights and Awards|
A right-handed pitcher, Sutton played for the Sioux Falls Packers as a minor leaguer, and entered the major league at the age of 21. In the majors, he played 23 years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, and California Angels. He won a total of 324 games, 58 of them shutouts and five of them one-hitters, and he is eighth on baseball's all-time strikeout list with 3,574 K's. He also holds the major league record for number of consecutive losses to one team, having lost 13 straight games to the Chicago Cubs.
He was known for doctoring baseballs. His nickname was "Black & Decker"; legend has it that when Sutton met notorious greaseballer Gaylord Perry, Perry handed him a tube of Vaseline, and Sutton responded with a thank-you, then handed him a sheet of sandpaper.
A 4-time All-Star, Sutton was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. His candidacy and subsequent election were controversial, with critics pointing out that he had never won a Cy Young Award, had won 20 games only once, and had rarely led his league in any statistical category. However, supporters noted that no pitcher with either 300 victories or 3000 strikeouts had ever failed to be elected to the Hall of Fame, and that his 324 wins were, at the time of his retirement, the most by any right-handed pitcher since the 1920s, and many pitchers with worse records were in the Hall of Fame.
- Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
- Weight: 185 lb (85 kg)
- Throws: Right
- Bats: Right
- Wins: 324 - Losses: 256
- Lifetime ERA: 3.26
- Total Innings: 5,282.1
- Strikeouts: 3,574
- One-Hitters: 5
- Two-Hitters: 9
- All-time Dodger leader in:
- Wins (233)
- Games Pitched (550)
- Games Started (533)
- Innings Pitched (3,814)
- Strikeouts (2,696)
- Shutouts (52)
- Opening Day Starts (7)
- LC Series Games
- Record: 4-1
- ERA: 2.02
- Total Innings: 49
- World Series Games
- Record: 2-3
- ERA: 5.26
- Total Innings: 51
- All-Star Games
- ERA: 0.00
- Total Innings: 8
- Record 1-0 (NL 4-0)
Sutton started his broadcasting career in 1989 with the Atlanta Braves on TBS, a position that he held through 2006. He left TBS after the 2006 season, mainly because the network will broadcast fewer games in future seasons. Sutton is now a color commentator for the Washington Nationals on the MASN network.
Sutton was born on the same date as former Dodger teammate Reggie Smith.
He also appeared on episodes of the Match Game between 1976 & 1978.
Sutton was born in Clio, Alabama, a small town in Barbour County. It can be argued that Sutton is the second most famous person born in Clio, since it is also the birthplace of the late Alabama governor George Wallace.
April 14, 1966 was the date of Don Sutton's major league debut. April 14, 1966 is also the same day that Greg Maddux was born.
Sutton holds the modern record for most at-bats (1,354) without ever hitting a home run.
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