Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Collection: Don Sutton- "Greats of the Game"

Here is my 2001 Fleer "Greats of the Game" autographed card of Hall of Famer Don Sutton.

I was going to write a short bio on Sutton and his accomplishments on the field, but thought better it. After all, there really isn't anything I could add that hasn't already been said. So, instead I will pull out a quote from Sutton that I found in a old 1982 Sports Illustrated feature.
"The best thing that could have happened to me was to join a team with Drysdale and Koufax [who retired after the 1966 season]," says Sutton. "They were obviously helpful to me as a pitcher. They offered me nothing but encouragement, and Don gave me my first scouting report on Hank Aaron. 'High and inside,' he'd say, 'then the slider.' 'What if you don't have a slider?' I asked him. 'Then,' he said, 'I wouldn't go out there at all.' They were both so unselfish. When I began breaking their Dodger records, they'd never fail to call or wire. I have their records, but I wouldn't ask anyone to compare me with them."

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