Donald Howard Sutton (born April 2, 1945) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) right-handed pitcher. 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 seventh on baseball's all-time strikeout list with 3,574.
Sutton was born in a small town in Alabama. He attended high school and community college in Florida before entering professional baseball. After a year in the minor leagues, Sutton joined the Dodgers. Beginning in 1966, he was in the team's starting pitching rotation with Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Claude Osteen. Sixteen of Sutton's 23 MLB seasons were spent with the Dodgers. He registered only one 20 win season, but he earned double-digit wins in almost all of his seasons.
Sutton entered broadcasting after his retirement as a player. He has worked in this capacity for several teams and has worked with the Atlanta Braves since 2009. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.
By Dean Hanley
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