Sunday, December 21, 2014

no. 361 - don sutton

Who is the man: Don Sutton completed his fifth full season in the majors in 1970 but posted an above-.500 winning percentage for the first time with a 15-13 mark. Despite that, he featured an ERA above 4 (4.08) for one of only three times in his career, gave up the most earned runs in the National League, and surrendered 38 home runs, which would be the most he gave up in a season, by far, until he matched that total in 1987, his second-to-last year.

Can ya dig it: The chain-link fence and the bench gives the feel that Sutton is posing at a Little League field.

Right on: I grew up with the perm-haired Sutton. I remember being shocked by earlier cards of him with straight hair. The first one I saw may have been this one, or his 1968 Topps card.

You see that cat Sutton is a bad mother: Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1998, Sutton is seventh all-time in career strikeouts with 3,574.

Shut your mouth: Sutton, always an outspoken guy, has been a well-known broadcaster for the Braves for more than 20 years, with a brief side-trip as a Nationals broadcaster for a couple of years.

No one understands him but his woman: Sutton holds the post-integration record for the most plate appearances without a home run with 1,559. He never hit a home run in his career.

 (A word about the back): This is the last time that Topps gave Sutton a card number ending in a number other than "0" or "5" until the 1985 flagship set. That's for base cards only.

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