Baseball fans got some sad news this week, with the passing of baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton after a long battle with cancer.
According to The Atlanta Braves, the team for whom Sutton was a long-time broadcaster, the 75-year-old retired professional athlete died in his sleep while at home in Rancho Mirage, California on Tuesday, Breitbart reported.
“Rest In Peace”
Sutton’s son, Darren Sutton, published a tweet about his father’s death, saying that he was “[s]addened to share that my dad passed away in his sleep last night.”
“He worked as hard as anyone I’ve ever known and he treated those he encountered with great respect…and he took me to work a lot. For all these things, I am very grateful. Rest In Peace,” he wrote.
Sports media freelancer Dan Pfeifer responded to the son’s tweet, writing, “You’ve always personally treated me with the utmost respect. I can only imagine that was a quality instilled in you by your father.”
“Never mind what your dad as a pitcher: He was a great father who produced a great son in you. My heart goes out to you & yours right now,” he added.
Sutton moved with his family from the small town of Clio, Alabama to north Florida where he excelled in athletics at an early age.
Almost 25 years on the field
Sutton, a pitcher, signed as a free agent to the Dodgers in 1964 and went on to play for the team for another 16 years.
“Today we lost a great ballplayer, a great broadcaster and, most importantly a great person,” said Dodgers president Stan Kasten. “I was privileged to have worked with Don in both Atlanta and Washington, and will always cherish our time spent together.”
Sutton played for several other professional MLB teams before retiring in 1988 when he transitioned to a broadcasting career for the Atlanta Braves.
“A generation of Braves fans came to know his voice,” read a statement from the Atlanta team.
The statement continued, “Don brought an unmatched knowledge of the game and his sharp wit to his calls. But despite all his success, Don never lost his generous spirit or humble personality.”