He may never have pitched for Atlanta, but that doesn't mean that I don't think of Don Sutton as a member of the Brave family. Together with broadcast partner Jim Powell, Sutton makes baseball season enjoyable for me as I listen to the radio broadcasts while working around the house.
1985 Oakland A's Mother's Cookies #3-Don Sutton
Seeing Sutton in an Oakland uniform just doesn't look right. And as a forty-year old, one wouldn't have expected him to enjoy the success he had during his only season in green and gold. Prior to being traded to the Angels on September 10, 1985, Don started 29 games for the A's- logging 194.1 innings and going 13-8, with a 3.89 ERA.
1988 Los Angeles Dodgers Mother's Cookies #9- Don Sutton
Ask most baseball fans, and they would identify probably Sutton as a Dodger- the team who drafted him and for who he spent the first fifteen years of his major league career. So it was nice to see him return to familiar digs for the final season of his career.
Los Angeles signed the forty-three year old vet to a free-agent contract in January, 1988 and Don started 16 games before being released on August 10th. In 87.1 innings, Sutton went 3-6 with a 3.92 ERA and a WHIP of 1.385.
The final win of Don's Hall of Fame career came on May 14th against the Phillies.
His final appearance: August 9th, at Cincinnati- where he took a 6-0 loss. What would a Sutton performance be without a homer or two? Yes, he gave up two that day. The final hitter he faced was Eric Davis, who would strikeout to end the Reds' 7th inning.
And finally, I certainly can't pass up this opportunity to say how grateful I am for my wife- a loving mother to our three children. She may not share my love for baseball, or my passion for cards, but she is nevertheless a blessing and tremendous partner on this tilt-a-whirl. Happy Mother's Day, mi amor.