Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton who won 324 games in his 23 season career has died at 75. Sad to hear this news. When I was twelve years old my grandfather called me up on Sunday morning- do you want to go to the Pirates game? Well he didn’t really have to ask. I would never say no to a baseball game. He picks me up and then gets my younger cousin Jeff and we head to Pittsburgh.
It was a cold, rainy, damp kind of day. We get there early- my grandfather was always early for everything. So am I. Anyway the gates open and we go in- no one else is around. The Dodgers are taking batting practice and Don Sutton is sitting up about ten rows back behind the third base dugout yelling down at a teammate- needling him about something. My cousin and I can’t believe our luck. We walk down and get his autograph. That would have been more than enough to satisfy us- but Sutton shakes our hands and then goes on to start a conversation with us. Asking if we played baseball, what position we played etc. Needless to say he made two fans for life. I wasn’t a Dodger fan- or a fan of any of the other teams he played for- but I always rooted for him.