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Don Sutton

Donald Howard Sutton (Black & Decker)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: April 2, 1945 in Clio, AL
High School: Gonzalez Tate HS (Pensacola, FL)
Schools: Gulf Coast Community College (Panama City, FL), Mississippi College (Clinton, MS), University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), Whittier College (Whittier, CA)
Signed
by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1964. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 14, 1966 (Age 21)
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Angels/Brewers/Astros/Athletics 1966-1988
Agents: Lonnie Cooper, previously: LaRue Harcourt [*]
Final Game: August 9, 1988 (Age 43)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1998 (386/473 ballots).
   View Don Sutton Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1966 LAD NL 21 P 37 35 6 225.2 42 8 32 2 3 .952 1.60 1.08 .947 1.96 1.96 14 6 30% 40% 1
1967 LAD NL 22 P 37 34 11 232.2 39 7 31 1 2 .974 1.47 1.03 .960 2.00 2.00 12 2 14% 40% 0
1968 LAD NL 23 P 35 27 7 207.2 38 12 25 1 0 .974 1.60 1.06 .958 2.01 2.02 16 6 27% 40% 0
1969 LAD NL 24 P 41 41 11 293.1 63 19 43 1 3 .984 1.90 1.51 .958 1.95 1.94 21 10 32% 40% 0
1970 LAD NL 25 P 38 38 10 260.1 52 21 28 3 1 .942 1.69 1.29 .951 1.85 1.84 27 7 21% 33% 3
1971 LAD NL 26 P 38 37 12 265.1 55 27 26 2 5 .964 1.80 1.39 .954 1.90 1.90 20 8 29% 35% 1
1972 LAD NL 27 P 33 33 18 272.2 53 18 34 1 2 .981 1.72 1.58 .950 1.78 1.78 15 4 21% 37% 1 AS,CYA-5
1973 LAD NL 28 P 33 33 14 256.1 47 12 34 1 2 .979 1.62 1.39 .950 1.88 1.88 17 4 19% 36% 2 AS,CYA-5
1974 LAD NL 29 P 40 40 10 276.0 50 17 33 0 1 1.000 1.63 1.25 .944 1.88 1.88 16 4 20% 33% 0 CYA-4
1975 LAD NL 30 P 35 35 11 254.1 51 24 25 2 0 .961 1.73 1.40 .946 1.86 1.86 12 1 8% 32% 0 AS,CYA-5
1976 LAD NL 31 P 35 34 15 267.2 37 5 31 1 2 .973 1.21 1.03 .950 1.88 1.87 24 11 31% 33% 0 CYA-3,MVP-22
1977 LAD NL 32 P 33 33 9 240.1 45 15 29 1 3 .978 1.65 1.33 .950 1.85 1.85 25 8 24% 35% 1 AS
1978 LAD NL 33 P 34 34 12 238.1 36 13 23 0 2 1.000 1.36 1.06 .951 1.91 1.89 22 8 27% 32% 0
1979 LAD NL 34 P 33 32 6 226.0 41 16 24 1 2 .976 1.59 1.21 .951 1.80 1.80 20 8 29% 34% 0
1980 LAD NL 35 P 32 31 4 212.1 51 24 25 2 3 .961 2.08 1.53 .952 1.91 1.91 24 6 20% 31% 1
1981 HOU NL 36 P 23 23 6 158.2 37 11 24 2 3 .946 1.99 1.52 .959 1.97 1.98 5 8 62% 33% 2
1982 TOT MLB 37 P 34 34 6 249.2 51 22 28 1 3 .980 1.80 1.47 .954 1.92 1.94 29 9 24% 32% 0
1982 HOU NL 37 P 27 27 4 195.0 37 16 20 1 2 .973 1.66 1.33 .952 1.96 1.97 25 7 22% 32% 0
1982 MIL AL 37 P 7 7 2 54.2 14 6 8 0 1 1.000 2.30 2.00 .958 1.79 1.80 4 2 33% 36% 0
1983 MIL AL 38 P 31 31 4 220.1 37 13 23 1 1 .973 1.47 1.16 .958 1.80 1.78 31 4 11% 33% 1
1984 MIL AL 39 P 33 33 1 212.2 31 11 19 1 1 .968 1.27 0.91 .958 1.79 1.78 20 4 17% 36% 0
1985 TOT AL 40 P 34 34 1 226.0 44 8 32 4 1 .909 1.59 1.18 .953 1.86 1.84 18 6 25% 33% 0
1985 OAK AL 40 P 29 29 1 194.1 42 7 31 4 1 .905 1.76 1.31 .953 1.86 1.84 15 4 21% 33% 0
1985 CAL AL 40 P 5 5 0 31.2 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 0.57 0.40 .955 1.88 1.84 3 2 40% 33% 0
1986 CAL AL 41 P 34 34 3 207.0 34 18 14 2 1 .941 1.39 0.94 .957 1.83 1.81 13 6 32% 34% 0
1987 CAL AL 42 P 35 34 1 191.2 26 8 18 0 1 1.000 1.22 0.74 .955 1.84 1.82 11 9 45% 31% 1
1988 LAD NL 43 P 16 16 0 87.1 18 5 12 1 0 .944 1.75 1.06 .955 1.96 1.96 20 4 17% 29% 0
23 Seasons P 774 756 178 5282.1 978 334 613 31 42 .968 1.61 1.22 .953 1.88 1.88 432 143 25% 34% 14
23 Seasons TOT 774 756 178 5282.1 978 334 613 31 42 .968 1.61 1.22 .953 1.88 1.88 432 143 25% 34% 14
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1966 LAD NL 21 P
1967 LAD NL 22 P
1968 LAD NL 23 P
1969 LAD NL 24 P
1970 LAD NL 25 P
1971 LAD NL 26 P
1972 LAD NL 27 P
1973 LAD NL 28 P
1974 LAD NL 29 P
1975 LAD NL 30 P
1976 LAD NL 31 P
1977 LAD NL 32 P
1978 LAD NL 33 P
1979 LAD NL 34 P
1980 LAD NL 35 P
1981 HOU NL 36 P
1982 HOU NL 37 P
1982 MIL AL 37 P
1983 MIL AL 38 P
1984 MIL AL 39 P
1985 OAK AL 40 P
1985 CAL AL 40 P
1986 CAL AL 41 P
1987 CAL AL 42 P
1988 LAD NL 43 P
23 Seasons P
23 Seasons TOT
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1966 LAD NL 21 38 35 38 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1967 LAD NL 22 43 34 43 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
1968 LAD NL 23 36 27 36 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1969 LAD NL 24 41 41 41 41 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 LAD NL 25 40 38 40 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
1971 LAD NL 26 39 37 39 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1972 LAD NL 27 33 33 33 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1973 LAD NL 28 33 33 33 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1974 LAD NL 29 40 40 40 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1975 LAD NL 30 35 35 35 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 LAD NL 31 35 34 35 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977 LAD NL 32 33 33 33 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 LAD NL 33 34 34 34 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979 LAD NL 34 33 32 33 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980 LAD NL 35 32 31 32 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981 HOU NL 36 23 23 23 23 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982 HOU NL 37 27 27 27 27 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982 MIL AL 37 7 7 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1983 MIL AL 38 31 31 0 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1984 MIL AL 39 33 33 0 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985 OAK AL 40 29 29 0 29 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985 CAL AL 40 5 5 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 CAL AL 41 34 34 0 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1987 CAL AL 42 35 34 0 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 LAD NL 43 16 16 16 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Seasons 785 756 611 774 774 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1966 LAD NL 21 916 74% 25% 41 76% 1 7 0 5 32 24 4 2 1 1 0 0 3 3 3 0 9 89%
1967 LAD NL 22 962 78% 25% 37 89% 0 7 0 6 32 29 2 1 0 1 0 1 2 2 2 0 3 100%
1968 LAD NL 23 833 76% 26% 26 96% 1 11 1 9 24 20 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 100%
1969 LAD NL 24 1226 78% 26% 49 94% 1 20 3 15 44 32 2 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 2 1 6 100%
1970 LAD NL 25 1109 78% 25% 29 86% 1 22 1 20 28 20 2 3 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 3 100%
1971 LAD NL 26 1059 79% 26% 39 77% 3 28 3 20 26 15 6 2 0 2 0 2 5 4 4 1 7 57%
1972 LAD NL 27 1060 77% 27% 38 87% 2 17 1 16 34 24 3 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 4 100%
1973 LAD NL 28 1006 78% 24% 34 97% 0 12 0 11 34 25 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 2 0 1 100%
1974 LAD NL 29 1148 79% 26% 43 91% 0 17 3 11 35 33 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 6 83%
1975 LAD NL 30 1031 79% 25% 32 84% 0 24 2 17 26 23 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 100%
1976 LAD NL 31 1093 81% 26% 35 97% 0 5 1 4 33 26 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 6 100%
1977 LAD NL 32 979 82% 27% 32 91% 1 15 1 14 29 21 4 1 0 1 0 0 3 3 3 0 6 67%
1978 LAD NL 33 990 82% 25% 30 90% 0 12 3 6 23 20 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 6 100%
1979 LAD NL 34 927 81% 23% 35 86% 0 14 1 11 28 22 4 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 2 0 11 73%
1980 LAD NL 35 833 82% 26% 31 87% 0 20 1 18 27 20 5 2 0 2 0 2 3 3 3 0 4 100%
1981 HOU NL 36 624 81% 26% 28 79% 0 11 1 9 24 17 2 2 0 2 0 2 3 1 2 1 8 75%
1982 HOU NL 37 784 81% 25% 26 92% 1 16 5 8 20 17 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 4 100%
1982 MIL AL 37 228 79% 24% 9 89% 0 6 1 4 8 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 50%
1983 MIL AL 38 925 83% 25% 30 70% 0 13 2 9 22 20 0 2 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 4 100%
1984 MIL AL 39 912 82% 23% 19 100% 0 11 0 9 19 15 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1985 OAK AL 40 819 86% 22% 31 97% 1 7 0 6 31 27 1 4 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 0 4 100%
1985 CAL AL 40 124 85% 22% 1 100% 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 CAL AL 41 853 83% 27% 16 94% 0 19 1 16 14 14 0 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 100%
1987 CAL AL 42 795 85% 25% 20 90% 1 8 0 7 19 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 2 50%
1988 LAD NL 43 380 88% 33% 15 80% 2 5 0 4 12 11 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 67%
23 Seasons 21616 80% 25% 726 88% 15 328 31 256 625 497 56 32 3 20 9 15 42 24 34 7 116 86%
MLB Averages 81% 28% 91% 87%
Lg PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1994 BBWAA (56.8%)
1995 BBWAA (57.4%)
1996 BBWAA (63.8%)
1997 BBWAA (73.2%)
1998 BBWAA (81.6%)
Selected to HOF in 1998 by BBWAA

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1976 NL (22, 2%)
0.02 Career Shares (1415th)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1972 NL (5, 5%)
1973 NL (5, 6%)
1974 NL (4, 10%)
1975 NL (5, 1%)
1976 NL (3, 21%)
0.43 Career Shares (114th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
Career  774 (52nd)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1971 NL  27 (4th)
1975 NL  24 (3rd)
1980 NL  24 (2nd)
Career  334 (7th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1985 AL  4 (4th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1974 NL  1.000 (1st)
1978 NL  1.000 (1st)
1987 AL  1.000 (1st)
Career  .968 (99th)

Oldest s c a p y
1984 AL  born 1945-04-02 (9th)
1985 AL  born 1945-04-02 (5th)
1986 AL  born 1945-04-02 (6th)
1987 AL  born 1945-04-02 (5th)
1988 NL  born 1945-04-02 (2nd)

                           

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Name and misspellings: Black & Donald dave Decker Don donald Howard Sutton

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