Sutter’s Cy Young Award completes incredible comeback
Bruce Sutter’s pro baseball career seemed to be over before it even started. But after mastering a pitch that became known as the split-fingered fastball, Sutter became one of the best pitchers in the game.
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Sutter was the game’s premier closer from 1977-84, leading the NL in saves five times during that stretch. From 1978-81, Sutter won or saved the All-Star Game for the NL each season.
In 12 big league seasons with the Cubs, Cardinals and Braves, Sutter saved 300 games, was named to six All-Star Games and finished in the Top 5 of the NL Cy Young Award voting four times – including his first-place finish in 1979.
“I’ve seen forkballs before,” said NL umpire Dick Stello, “but not like this. I think it’s just a fastball that sinks two feet.”
Sutter was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum