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Howard Bruce Sutter (born January 8, 1953 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) (last name is pronounced with a "long U", i.e. his last name rhymes with "Booter") is a former right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who became possibly the first pitcher to make effective use of the split-finger fastball. One of the sport's dominant relievers in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he became the only pitcher to lead the National League in saves five times (1979-1982, 1984), and retired with 300 saves – at the time, the third highest total in history, behind Rollie Fingers (341) and Rich "Goose" Gossage (302), and an NL record until broken by Lee Smith in 1993; Sutter had set the NL record in 1982 with his 194th save, surpassing the mark held by Roy Face. In his first nine seasons, only Kent Tekulve made more appearances, and he saved 133 of the Chicago Cubs' 379 wins between 1976 and 1980. In 1979, Sutter won the NL's Cy Young Award as the league's top pitcher. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 2006. January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ... Nickname: The Red Rose City Location Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates , Government Country  State   County United States  Pennsylvania   Lancaster Founded Incorporated 1718 March 10, 1818 Mayor Rick Gray Geographical characteristics Area     City 19. ... A relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen as the game goes on A relief pitcher or reliever is a baseball or softball pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness and/or fatigue. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... A split-finger fastball or splitter is a pitch in baseball and a variant of the straight fastball. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... To save in a sport means to stop a goal or to maintain the lead. ... Roland Fingers giving his trademark handlebar moustache a twirl. ... Richard Michael Goose Gossage (born July 5, 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played 21 seasons for nine different teams before retiring in 1994. ... Lee Arthur Smith (born December 4, 1957 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American former relief pitcher, more specifically a closer, in Major League Baseball. ... // This year in baseball Events January - Reggie Jackson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving 94% of the vote. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 13 - Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first year of eligibility. ... Elroy Leon Face (born February 20, 1928 in Stephentown, New York) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1953, 1955-68), Detroit Tigers (1968) and Montreal Expos (1969). ... Kenton Charles Tekulve (born March 5, 1947 in Cincinnati, Ohio) was an American baseball player from 1974 to 1989 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876-present) Central Division (1994-present) Current uniform Ballpark Wrigley Field (1916-present) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1908 â€¢ 1907 NL Pennants (10) 1945 â€¢ 1938 â€¢ 1935 â€¢ 1932 1929 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1910 â€¢ 1908 1907 â€¢ 1906 Central Division titles (1) 2003 East Division titles (2) 1984... The following are the events of the year 1979 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display... For a list of other places, see Cooperstown (disambiguation). ...

Bruce Sutter is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bruce Sutter is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sutter was a member of three different teams during his career from 1976 to 1988. After being selected by the Washington Senators in the 21st round of the June 1970 draft, Sutter instead attended Old Dominion University, and later signed with the Cubs as a free agent in September 1971. He spent slightly over four seasons in the Cubs' farm system, and played on the 1975 Texas League (AA) champion Midland Cubs. He joined the Chicago Cubs in May 1976, and after five seasons was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in December 1980, and then joined the Atlanta Braves in December 1984 as a free agent. National Baseball Hall of Fame logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... National Baseball Hall of Fame logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Ted Turner completes the purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961-present) West Division (1972-present) Current uniform Ballpark Ameriquest Field in Arlington (1994-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 Wild card berths (0) None [1] - In 1994, a players... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 16 - Curt Flood, Gold Glove outfielder of the St. ... Old Dominion University (ODU) is a university located in Norfolk, Virginia. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 31 - The new Special Veterans Committee selects seven men for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame: former players Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and executive George Weiss. ... The Texas League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the South Central United States. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892-present) Central Division (1994-present) Current uniform Ballpark Busch Stadium (III) (2006-present) Major league titles World Series titles (9) 1982 â€¢1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934 â€¢ 1931 1926 NL Pennants (16) 2004 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1985 â€¢ 1982 1968 â€¢ 1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1943 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Al Kaline and Duke Snider are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Established 1871 League National League Division East Division Ballpark Turner Field Capacity 50,091 Current uniform The Atlanta Braves are a Major League Baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 10 - Luis Aparicio, Don Drysdale and Harmon Killebrew are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ...


In 1979, Sutter saved 37 games for the Cubs, tying the NL record held by Clay Carroll (1972) and Rollie Fingers (1978). In addition to the Cy Young Award, Sutter also won both the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award and The Sporting News Fireman of the Year Award in 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1984. He was a member of the Cardinals team which won the 1982 World Series and is credited with two saves in that Series, including the Series-clinching save in Game 7 which ended with a strikeout of Gorman Thomas and a leaping hug by catcher World Series MVP Darrell Porter; Sutter also earned the save in the pennant-clinching victory in the NLCS. Clay Palmer Carroll (born May 2, 1941 Clanton , Alabama) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball with a 15 year career from 1964 to 1978. ... The following are the events of the year 1972 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 19 - Eddie Mathews is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America on 301 of 379 ballots. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award, first awarded in 1976, is a distinction given to the top relief pitcher in each league at the end of each season. ... The Sporting News Reliever of the Year Award was established in 1960 by The Sporting News (TSN) as TSN Fireman of the Year Award. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1981 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 10 - Luis Aparicio, Don Drysdale and Harmon Killebrew are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... 1982 World Series Logo The 1982 World Series matched the St. ... In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K, K-S, or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... James Gorman Thomas III (born December 12, 1950 in Charleston, South Carolina) is a former Major League Baseball center fielder and right-handed slugger who played in the American League with the Milwaukee Brewers (1973-76, 1978-83, 1986), Cleveland Indians (1983) and Seattle Mariners (1984-86). ... The World Series MVP Award is given to the player who most contributes to his teams success in the World Series. ... Darrell Ray Porter (January 17, 1952 – August 5, 2002) was an American catcher in Major League Baseball, and one of the first American professional athletes to publicly admit he had a problem with substance abuse. ... The 1982 National League Championship Series was played between the St. ...


In 1984, he tied Dan Quisenberry's major league record, set the previous year, for most saves in a season (45), a record broken by Dave Righetti (46) in 1986; Sutter's NL record was broken by Lee Smith (47) in 1991. Daniel Raymond Quisenberry (February 7, 1953 - September 30, 1998) was a Major League Baseball player, primarily as a star relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. ... David Allan Righetti (born November 28, 1958 in San Jose, California), nicknamed Rags, is an American former left-handed pitcher, and current pitching coach, in Major League Baseball. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Willie McCovey is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and becomes the 16th player elected in his first year of eligibility. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility. ...


Sutter was named to the NL's All-Star team six times (1977-1981, 1984), appearing in the games of 1978 through 1981. He played a major role in all four contests, earning the win in 1978 and 1979, and saves in 1980 and 1981. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager for pitchers and reserve players. ... In baseball, a pitcher is credited with a win (or W) when, in a game won by his team, he is the teams pitcher at the time that his team takes a lead that it does not relinquish for the remainder of the game. ...


On September 8, 1977, Sutter struck out three Montréal Expos (Ellis Valentine, Gary Carter, and Larry Parrish) on nine pitches in the ninth inning, marking the 21st time in major league history that a pitcher had struck out the side on nine pitches. Sutter had also struck out the side (though not on nine pitches) upon entering the game in the eighth inning, giving him six consecutive strikeouts, tying the NL record for a reliever. Sutter earned the win when the Cubs won in the 10th inning. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-March January 4 - Mary Shane is hired by the Chicago White Sox as the first woman TV play-by-play announcer. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark RFK Stadium (2005-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None East Division titles (1) 1981 Wild card berths (0) None The Washington Nationals (nicknamed The Nats) are a Major League... Ellis Clarence Valentine (born July 30, 1954 in Helena, Arkansas) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball. ... Gary Edmund Carter (born April 8, 1954), also nicknamed The Kid, has been regarded as one of the top hitting Major League Baseball catchers in baseball history. ... Larry Alton Parrish (born November 10, 1953 in Winter Haven, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and right-handed batter who played with the Montreal Expos (1974-81), Texas Rangers (1982-88) and Boston Red Sox (1988). ...


He was momentarily the highest paid player in baseball, although he agreed to have his Atlanta contract configured so that he was paid $750,000 for six years with the rest going into an insurance fund that was to be structured to pay him $1,000,000 for 30 years.


Upon retirement, Sutter stayed near Atlanta with his wife and three sons. He has had three shoulder surgeries, three knee surgeries, an elbow operation, and two back operations.


Sutter's number was not retired by either the Cardinals or Cubs; nonetheless, no other player is allowed to wear it as his number (42) was retired from all MLB teams in honor of Jackie Robinson in 1997. Jackie Robinson in his now-retired number 42 jersey. ...


His son Chad was a catcher who played for Tulane University and was selected by the New York Yankees in the 23rd round (711st overall) of the 1999 amateur draft. Tulane University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Yankee Stadium (1923-present) Major league titles World Series titles (26) 2000 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 1978 â€¢ 1977 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1961 1958 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1953 â€¢ 1952 1951 â€¢ 1950 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 1943 â€¢ 1941 â€¢ 1939 â€¢ 1938 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1932 â€¢ 1928 1927...


On January 10, 2006, Sutter was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his 13th year of eligibility by receiving 400 votes out of a possible 520, or 76.9%. He is the first pitcher ever elected who never started a game, and with 1042 1/3 career innings pitched is the first to end his career with fewer than 1700. Sutter's Hall of Fame plaque will depict him wearing a Cardinals cap [1]. January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... The 2006 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame are proceeding in keeping with rules enacted in 2001. ... In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. ...


Trivia

  • Sutter's birthplace, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was also the birthplace of World Series teammate Tom Herr and Braves teammate Gene Garber; the latter finished his career with 922 relief appearances, 261 more than Sutter.
  • On April 12, 1981, Sutter pitched three scoreless innings to collect his first save in St. Louis in his first game as a Cardinal.
  • Not since Ralph Kiner in 1975 had a player been elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA so late in their eligibility period; Kiner was elected in his 15th and final opportunity.

Sutter is the only pitcher in the Baseball Hall of Fame who never started a game in his career. Nickname: The Red Rose City Location Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates , Government Country  State   County United States  Pennsylvania   Lancaster Founded Incorporated 1718 March 10, 1818 Mayor Rick Gray Geographical characteristics Area     City 19. ... current manager of the Lancaster Barnstormers Thomas Mitchell Herr (born [[1956 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1979 to 1991 for the St. ... Henry Eugene Garber was a MLB player. ... Ralph McPherran Kiner (born October 27, 1922) is an American former Major League Baseball player and current announcer. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-June January 23 - Ralph Kiner is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ...


Quotes

  • "What a pitcher! What a pitcher!" - Chicago Cubs TV broadcaster Jack Brickhouse, at the close of one of many Sutter saves as a Cub
  • "Three more saves and he ties John the Baptist." - Hank Greenwald
  • "He was the Sandy Koufax of relievers." - former manager Whitey Herzog
  • "I don't think people grasp how impressive it was for him to go two or three innings for a save. When you have to get six, seven or eight outs, so many things can go wrong for a closer." -- former teammate Tom Herr
  • "Without (the split-finger fastball), I would've been, at best, a Double-A player. If they told me it would hurt my arm if I threw it, I'd do it all over again." - Sutter
  • "I remember going through the minor leagues with Mike Krukow. All we wanted was to pitch one day in the major leagues. Once we both did that, we both wanted to give up 100 home runs. If we gave up 100 home runs, we figured that we would have stuck around awhile." - Sutter (However, Sutter only gave up 77 home runs)
  • "You never think that giving up two home runs to the same guy helped you get in the Hall of Fame. But ... that's what might have happened." - Sutter commenting on how TV replays just prior to the 2005 Hall of Fame induction of Ryne Sandberg showed the two national-televised Wrigley Field home runs he gave up on June 23, 1984. That was the year that Sutter created a new single-season save record while Sandberg was voted National League MVP.

Jack Brickhouse (January 24, 1916 - August 6, 1998) was an American sports broadcast announcer. ... Sanford Sandy Koufax (IPA pronunciation: /kofæks/), born Sanford Braun on December 30, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1955 to 1966. ... Whitey Herzog (born November 9, 1931) is a former major league baseball player and manager. ... current manager of the Lancaster Barnstormers Thomas Mitchell Herr (born [[1956 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1979 to 1991 for the St. ... Michael Edward (Mike) Krukow (born January 21, 1952 in Long Beach, California) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Ryne Dee Sandberg (born September 18, 1959 in Spokane, Washington), nicknamed Ryno, is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who spent nearly his entire career with the Chicago Cubs. ... It has been suggested that Eamus catuli be merged into this article or section. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ...

External links

  • Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Baseball-Reference.com - career statistics and analysis
  • Baseball Library
  • Bruce Sutter Hall of Famer
Preceded by:
Gaylord Perry
National League Cy Young Award
1979
Succeeded by:
Steve Carlton

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Bruce Sutter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (725 words)
Howard Bruce Sutter (born January 8, 1953 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is a former right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who became possibly the first pitcher to make effective use of the split-finger fastball.
Sutter was a member of three different teams during his career from 1976 to 1988.
Sutter's number was not retired by the Cardinals or Cubs ;; however, no other player is allowed to wear it as his number (42) was retired from all MLB teams in honor of Jackie Robinson in 1997.
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