October 14 (UPI) — Hall of Fame thrower Bruce Sutter has died, St. The Louis Cardinals announced Friday. He is 69 years old.
The cardinals said Sutter died Thursday but did not give a cause of death.
“On behalf of the Cardinals organization and baseball fans around the world, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Sutter family,” said Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. in a press release.
“Bruce was a fan favorite for many years at St. Louis was and will always be remembered for his crucial save at the 1982 World Series and his trademark split toe. He was a true pioneer in the game, switching roles as helper at the end of the innings.”
Sutter was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Washington Senators selected a right-hand pitcher from Donegal High School (Mount Joy, Pennsylvania) in the 21st round of the 1970 MLB Draft. Sutter selected Old Dominion University and signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1971.
He made his MLB debut in 1976 with the Cubs. He won the first of six All-Star selections the following season when he won 7-3 with a 1.34 ERA and recorded 31 saves in 62 appearances.
Sutter posted a 2.22 ERA in 1979 and led baseball with 37 saves en route to honor Cy Young. The Cubs traded Sutter to the Cardinals in 1980. He helped the Cardinals win the 1982 World Series.
Sutter spent his last four seasons with the Atlanta Braves and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Sutter went 68-71 with a 2.83 ERA in 12 seasons. His 300th career saved 30th place in MLB history, but he was third on retirement.
“Bruce will be remembered as one of the greatest pitchers in the history of our two most historic franchises,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my condolences to Bruce’s family, friends and fans in Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta, and during our game.”