“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #15
Bruce Sutter – 1977 Topps – #144
Bruce Sutter’s short 12-year career was enough to get him elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame. He was that good!!
As a relief pitcher, Sutter has 300 career saves. His record is just below .500 at 68-71. But it was Sutter’s daily dominance that established him as one of baseball’s finest closers. Sutter won the Cy Young award in 1979 and finished in 7th place for the MVP as well during that season. With 37 saves, 101 strikeouts, and a 2.22 ERA, Sutter was a huge part of the success that the Cubs had in 1979. In his career, Sutter has finished in the Top 6 for the Cy Young in 5 of his 12 years as a major league player. In addition to that, Sutter has finished in the top 8 for the MVP in 5 seasons as well. These are remarkable numbers for a pitcher, and a reliever at that. Over the course of his career, Bruce Sutter struck out 861 batters while walking just 309. That’s good for a 2.79 K:walk ratio which is solid for a player that pitched his innings during ‘crunch time’.
Bruce Sutter was part of the 1982 championship winning team in St. Louis. In the 4-game series, Sutter won 1 game and saved 2 more. He was one of many key cogs in the wheel that gave the Cardinals their 4-game sweep and World Series title.