Don Sutton, a longtime right-hander of the Los Angeles Dodgers who won more than 300 games in his Hall of Fame career, died on Monday night, his son Daron. Announced on social media.
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, said Don Sutton died of cancer at his home in Rancho Mirage, California. He was 75.
Daron Sutton wrote on Twitter, “Sadly my father died in his sleep last night.” “All the hard work he has done, I know and he treated those people with great respect … and he gave me a lot of work. For all these things, I am very grateful. Rest in Peace.”
Sad to share that my dad went into his sleep last night. They worked as hard as they worked, and they treated them with great respect… and they gave me a lot of work. For all these things, I am very grateful. rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/cvlDRRdVXa
– Daron Sutton (@lifeisgreatsut) 19 January 2021
Sutton’s career began and ended with the Dodgers, with whom he spent 16 of his 23 seasons – from 1966 to 1980 and a final tour in 1988. He was a four-time All-Star, and his 324th rank was 14th in major league history.
He also worked for the Houston Astro, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels. Following his playing career, Sutton served as an analyst for the Atlanta Braves for 28 seasons, calling games on both television and radio.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend, Don Sutton,” the Braves said in a statement. “A generation of Braves fans came to know his voice. … Don stared at the mound as if he was dear to Booth. The 300-game winner who was a four-time All-Star, Don brought an unmatched wisdom . The game and his sharp wit fulfilled his call. But despite all the success, Don never lost his generous character or humble personality. “
Sauton was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.
“The talent of Don Sauton on the field, and his commitment to the sport he loved so much,” said Jane Forbes Clarke, chairman of the National Baseball Club of Fame and Museum. Said in a statement. “I know how much he valued his moments in Cooperstown, the way we cherished our special moments with him. We share our deepest condolences with his wife, Mary, and his family.”
Sutton’s death comes on the heels of seven Hall of Famers dying in 2020, the most calendar year for Cooperstown’s most members to die. They were Lou Brock, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Al Kalin, Joe Morgan, Phil Nicaro, and Tom Sewer.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.