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Gary Sutherland – 1973 Topps #572

Gary Lynn Sutherland(born September 27, 1944 in Glendale, California) was a Major League Second Baseman and Shortstop for 13 seasons from 1966-1978. After attending the University of Southern California, where he played under legendary coach Rod Dedeaux, Sutherland played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1966–68), Montreal Expos (1969–71), Houston Astros (1972–73), Detroit Tigers (1974–76), Milwaukee Brewers (1976), San Diego Padres (1977) and St. Louis Cardinals (1978). He recently served as special assistant to the general manager with the Los Angeles Angels. Sutherland had a career high 26 doubles with the Expos in 1969. His best season all-around season was 1974 in Detroit, when he was third in the American League with 619 at bats. His 157 hits in 1974 was also the team-high for the Detroit Tigers that year. Unfortunately, 1974 also saw Sutherland’s most dubious accomplishment in leading the American League in Outs with 489. Sutherland has two places in Montreal Expo history. He scored the first run in franchise history, on a Bob Bailey double in the first inning of the Expos’ inaugural game, an 11-10 victory over the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on April 8, 1969. He also recorded the first putout in a Major League regular season game in Canada on April 14 of that same year, that of Lou Brock’s line drive in the Expos’ inaugural home game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Jarry Park.

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