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Don Sutton – 1974 Topps #220

Donald Howard Sutton (born April 2, 1945), nicknamed “Black and Decker”, is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher and current radio sportscaster. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. Sutton was a four-time All-Star. He also holds the dubious distinction of being the player with the most at-bats without a home run (1,354). When asked how close he ever came to hitting a home run, he deadpanned, “A triple.” Sutton holds another unlucky record: seven times in his career, he pitched nine scoreless innings but got a no-decision. In 2002, Sutton was diagnosed with kidney cancer resulting in the removal of his left kidney. Part of a lung was removed the following year. While undergoing cancer treatment, he continued his broadcasting career. Don Sutton’s number 20 was retired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998.


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