Tagged: Hall of Fame

First full beard in the Hall of Fame?

Could that really be true?
That’s an amazing stat…only in baseball.

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Number 42

That’s the answer to everything, right?
Well, it was the answer to the Cardinals winning their last World Series, in 1982.

Today, Bruce Sutter is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

It’s funny, I hated him when he was a Cub, but rejoiced when he came to the Cardinals for Leon Durham and Ken Reitz. That’s not entirely true…I probably was aghast at the time. However, he made the difference in 1982, as Milwaukee was missing Rollie Fingers. 7 games, and it came down to Bruce Sutter getting the last 6 outs.

He pioneered the split-fingered fastball, and once struck out the side on 9 straight pitches. He routinely pitched more than 1 inning, which is the standard for closers today.

A well-deserved honor for a good man. And I’m glad he’s going in as a Cardinal…and not a Cub.