Baseball Hall of Famer Dead

Relief pitcher Bruce Sutter, whose split-finger fastball stunned batsmen and inducted him into the Baseball Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 69.

Sutter was diagnosed with cancer and died in hospice while his family watched, his son Chad said, according to the Associated Press.

Sutter, who was a star with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, died Thursday in Cartersville, Georgia, according to

“I wouldn’t be here without that pitch,” Sutter said of his unique offer in 2006, according to the Associated Press. “My other stuff was A-ball, double-A at best. The split finger did the same.”


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Sutter made a total of 300 saves in his career and recorded a career 2.83 ERA over 12 years. With the Cubs, he won the 1979 Cy Young Award after saving 37 games. In 1982, he had 36 saves for the Cardinals and later made 45 saves in 1984, a record that has since been eclipsed.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of Bruce Sutter, whose career has been an incredible baseball success story,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Bruce rose from a nondrafted free agent to the heights of baseball by pioneering split-finger fastball. The field not only took him to the major leagues, but also made him a Cy Young Award winner with the Cubs and a 1982 World Series Champion with the Cardinals.”

Almost 40 years ago, on October 20, 1982, Sutter defeated Gorman Thomas of the Milwaukee Brewers to win the World Series for St. Louis.

“Being a Cardinal of St. Louis was an honor he treasured,” Chad Sutter said, according to “We thank the Cardinals, his teammates, and most importantly, all sports’ biggest fans for all of their love and support over the years. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on through his family and through Cardinal Nation!”

Chad Sutter said his father loved being part of a team.

“I mean, he won all these awards and all this stuff and they weren’t even in the house because he just cared about winning and being respected by the other players and being a good teammate. That was his whole motivation,” he said, according to the Associated Press.

“The awards, you know, after he retired, that was such a time he was like, ‘Man, I did well, you know.’ The most important thing for him was to be a teammate,” he said.


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According to CNN, Sutter made this point clear during his induction into the Hall of Fame.

“When I was playing, I never needed the limelight, nor did I want it,” he said. “I just wanted to play baseball and be respected by my teammates and the opposing players.

“So today my name (Howard Bruce Sutter) is on that plaque. This day is not about me. It’s about the many people who have helped me along the way,” he said.

“All our dad ever wanted to be remembered for was being a great teammate, but he was so much more than that,” Sutter’s family said in a statement on Friday, according to the AP. “He was also a great husband to our mother for 50 (years), he was a great father and grandfather and he was a great friend. His love and passion for the game of baseball can only be matched by his love and passion for his family.”

Chad Sutter said his father “did not suffer and walked and walked quickly and he walked peacefully surrounded by all his loved ones.” Baseball Hall of Famer Dead

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