Don Sutton

Student-Athlete
Inducted 2006

Don Sutton, one of the most famous and consistent pitchers of Major League Baseball, got his start as a state championship player from a small town in Florida's Panhandle.

Born in Clio, Ala., Sutton was a pitcher for Tate High School in Cantonment and helped the baseball team to the 1962 state championship by hurling a 13-inning, two-hit game in the final as a junior. In his senior season, he led Tate to a state runner-up finish. Sutton was an All-State selection in baseball as a junior and senior, and also played basketball and football. He graduated fifth in his class in 1963.

Sutton attended Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City for just one year, being recruited by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as a freshman. In that one year, he set a local strikeout record that was still standing 20 years later, and was named to the All-State and All-America teams.

Sutton recorded 209 strikeouts during his rookie season in 1966 with the Los Angeles Dodgers (the most by a National League rookie since 1911) and was named National League Rookie of the Year. Over his 23-year career with the Dodgers, Astros, Brewers, Athletics and Angels, he won 324 games and struck out 3,574 batters, pitched in four World Series and was a four-time All-Star. Sutton retired in 1988. He ranks fifth on baseball’s all-time strikeout list with 3,574 and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

Sutton has been an analyst for the Atlanta Braves broadcast team for Turner Sports since 1989. He also provides coverage of professional golf.