The baseball world received sad news on Friday morning when it was revealed that Hall of Fame relief pitcher Bruce Sutter had passed away on Thursday night at the age of 69.
Sutter is best known for his days with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he won a World Series ring in 1982.
He recorded the final out in Game 7 of the series against the Milwaukee Brewers, prompting legendary broadcaster Jack Buck’s famous “That’s a winner” call.
On Twitter, the Cardinals paid tribute to their former closer, honoring him for his Hall-of-Fame career and offering condolences to Sutter’s friends and loved ones.
We are saddened over the passing of Bruce Sutter.
Sutter was a dominant pitcher and a member of the '82 World Series Championship team.
He is a member of both the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Cardinals Hall of Fame.
Our thoughts are with Bruce's family and friends. pic.twitter.com/BjxKBnK0Lw
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) October 14, 2022
Cards Pay Tribute To Sutter
Sutter began his career as a member of the Chicago Cubs and won the NL Cy Young Award in 1979.
Sutter was traded to the Cardinals after the 1980 season in the deal that sent Leon Durham back to Chicago.
He saved 300 games during his 12-year career with the Cubs, Cardinals, and Atlanta Braves.
He also posted a 24 WAR and a career 2.83 ERA.
In addition to his Cy Young season and World Series championship, Sutter was a National League All-Star six times and was a four-time recipient of the NL Reliever of the Year Award.
He also is a member of the Cardinals’ Hall-of-Fame.
He saved a career-high 45 games during his final season with St. Louis in 1984.
Sutter could often be seen around the ballpark in St. Louis for Opening Day ceremonies, when the Cardinals invite all of their Hall-of-Famers back to Busch Stadium.
He also returned to Busch with his 1982 teammates back in August when the Cardinals put together a special ceremony to commemorate the 40-year anniversary of that championship team.
Sutter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006 and was the first pitcher to never start a game in his career and receive that honor.