Sutton inducted into Braves Hall of Fame

From: Atlanta Journal- Constitution

By: Matthew Bain
July 20th, 2015

Longtime Braves broadcaster Don Sutton was inducted to the Braves Hall of Fame at an induction luncheon and ceremony Monday afternoon at Turner Field.

“Watching him do his work over the years has been a real pleasure,” Braves CEO Terry McGuirk said during his opening remarks.

Sutton began his broadcasting career in 1989 when he became an analyst for Braves games on TBS. He spent two seasons (2007-08) as a TV broadcaster for the Nationals before returning to Atlanta to join Jim Powell on the radio broadcast team in 2009.
Braves announcer Don Sutton joins Skip Caray, Pete Van Wieren and Ernie Johnson as the broadcasters in the team’s Hall of Fame. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

“I have always loved the Braves, the city of Atlanta and the fans. It feels like returning home for me and my family,” Sutton said at the time.

Now, Sutton is a Hall of Fame broadcaster and player. He won 324 games over a 23-year career with the Dodgers, Astros, Brewers and Angels. He pitched in more than 750 games and ranks seventh in all-time strikeouts with 3,574.

He played his first 15 seasons with the Dodgers and returned to Los Angeles for one final year before retiring in 1988. He was a four-time All-Star and finished only three seasons with an ERA above 3.95.
He was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998, leading all inductees with 81.6 percent of voters electing him.

The Braves will also honor Sutton in a pregame ceremony before Atlanta hosts his old team — the Dodgers — Monday night at 7:10 p.m.

With Sutton’s induction, Atlanta now has four broadcasters in its Hall of Fame. The other three are Skip Caray, Pete Van Wieren and Ernie Johnson.

“We’re almost spoiled with the quality of the broadcasting that’s been going on the last 20 or 30 years,” McGuirk said. “I can’t imagine any other team that has four broadcasters in their Hall of Fame.”