Bruce Sutter Stats

Bruce Sutter was born on Thursday, January 8, 1953, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Sutter was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 9, 1976, with the Chicago Cubs. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bruce Sutter baseball stats page.

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"It's not good or bad, but closers have changed thing. I don't think you are going to win a World Series without one. Where would the Yankees be without Mariano Rivera ? Pitching two innings and coming back the next day, that's the stuff we did all season. Saves are not easy, but I think they are easier now. I warmed up in the seventh and maybe pitched. Then in the eighth and maybe pitched. Lee Smith , Goose Gossage and I got a lot of seven-out saves." - Bruce Sutter in USA Today (Mel Antonen, 01/05/2005, Sports Section, Page 1)

Bruce Sutter

Bruce Sutter Autograph on a 1984 Fleer (#338)

Bruce Sutter Autograph on a 1984 Fleer (#338)

Birth Name:
Howard Bruce Sutter
Nickname:
Engine #42
Born On:
01-08-1953  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Donegal High School (Mt. Joy, PA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
190
First Game:
05-09-1976 (Age 23)
Last Game:
09-09-1988
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent

Bruce Sutter

Bruce Sutter Pitching Stats

1976 23 Cubs 52 0 28 6 3 .667 2.70 0 0 10 83.1 332 63 25 27 4 26 8 73 2 0 0 -
1977 24 Cubs 62 0 48 7 3 .700 1.34 0 0 31 107.1 411 69 16 21 5 23 7 129 7 1 0 -
1978 25 Cubs 64 0 47 8 10 .444 3.18 0 0 27 99.0 414 82 35 44 10 34 7 106 8 1 1 -
1979 26 Cubs 62 0 56 6 6 .500 2.22 0 0 37 101.1 403 67 25 29 3 32 5 110 9 0 0 -
1980 27 Cubs 60 0 43 5 8 .385 2.64 0 0 28 102.1 423 90 30 35 5 34 8 76 2 1 4 -
1981 28 Cardinals 48 0 36 3 5 .375 2.62 0 0 25 82.1 328 64 24 24 5 24 8 57 0 1 1 -
1982 29 Cardinals 70 0 58 9 8 .529 2.90 0 0 36 102.1 424 88 33 38 8 34 13 61 5 3 0 -
1983 30 Cardinals 60 0 46 9 10 .474 4.23 0 0 21 89.1 384 90 42 45 8 30 14 64 2 1 2 -
1984 31 Cardinals 71 0 63 5 7 .417 1.54 0 0 45 122.2 477 109 21 26 9 23 4 77 2 1 0 -
1985 32 Braves 58 0 50 7 7 .500 4.48 0 0 23 88.1 382 91 44 46 13 29 4 52 0 3 0 -
1986 33 Braves 16 0 11 2 0 1.000 4.34 0 0 3 18.2 80 17 9 9 3 9 2 16 0 0 0 -
1988 35 Braves 38 0 26 1 4 .200 4.76 0 0 14 45.1 193 49 24 26 4 11 3 40 0 1 0 -
12 Years 661 0 512 68 71 .489 2.83 0 0 300 1,042.1 4,251 879 328 370 77 309 83 861 37 13 8 -

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Bruce Sutter Hitting Stats

1976 23 Cubs 52 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .111 .000
1977 24 Cubs 62 20 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 10 0 0 0 1 .150 .227 .150
1978 25 Cubs 64 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 8 4 0 0 0 .077 .200 .077
1979 26 Cubs 62 12 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 5 2 0 0 0 .250 .308 .250
1980 27 Cubs 60 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 .111 .111 .111
1981 28 Cardinals 48 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 .000 .100 .000
1982 29 Cardinals 70 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 .125 .111 .125
1983 30 Cardinals 60 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1984 31 Cardinals 71 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1985 32 Braves 58 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1986 33 Braves 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1988 35 Braves 38 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000
12 Years 661 102 6 9 0 0 0 0 6 7 0 50 10 1 1 1 .088 .153 .088

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Bruce Sutter Fielding Stats

1976 Cubs P 52 0 250 16 0.3 15 6 9 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .938 1.62
1977 Cubs P 62 0 322 25 0.4 25 11 14 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.10
1978 Cubs P 64 0 297 21 0.3 21 12 9 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.91
1979 Cubs P 62 0 304 27 0.4 24 9 15 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 2.13
1980 Cubs P 60 0 307 20 0.3 20 6 14 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.76
1981 Cardinals P 48 0 247 15 0.3 15 7 8 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.64
1982 Cardinals P 70 0 307 22 0.3 21 6 15 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .955 1.85
1983 Cardinals P 60 0 268 32 0.5 30 11 19 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .938 3.02
1984 Cardinals P 71 0 368 33 0.5 33 14 19 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.42
1985 Braves P 58 0 265 18 0.3 18 5 13 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.83
1986 Braves P 16 0 56 4 0.3 4 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.93
1988 Braves P 38 0 136 11 0.3 9 2 7 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .818 1.79
P Totals 661 0 3,127 244 0.4 235 90 145 9 9 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.03
12 Years 661 0 3,127 244 0.4 235 90 145 9 9 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.03

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Bruce Sutter Miscellaneous Stats

1976 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.3 0.0 2.81 7.88 2.81
1977 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 5.61 10.82 1.93
1978 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.6 0.0 3.12 9.64 3.09
1979 Cubs 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.4 4.0 3.44 9.77 2.84
1980 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.5 9.0 2.24 6.68 2.99
1981 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.3 9.0 2.38 6.23 2.62
1982 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 8.0 8.0 1.79 5.36 2.99
1983 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.8 0.0 2.13 6.45 3.02
1984 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.3 0.0 3.35 5.65 1.69
1985 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 0.0 1.79 5.30 2.95
1986 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.78 7.71 4.34
1988 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.0 0.0 3.64 7.94 2.18
12 Years 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 17.0 2.79 7.43 2.67

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Bruce Sutter Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1976 Chicago Cubs 42 $39,200.00 - -
1977 Chicago Cubs 42 $51,300.00 Stats -
1978 Chicago Cubs 42 $71,000.00 Stats -
1979 Chicago Cubs 42 $225,000.00 Stats -
1980 Chicago Cubs 42 $700,000.00 Stats -
1981 St. Louis Cardinals 42 $975,000.00 Stats -
1982 St. Louis Cardinals 42 $975,000.00 - Stats
1983 St. Louis Cardinals 42 $1,113,000.00 - -
1984 St. Louis Cardinals 42 $1,113,000.00 Stats -
1985 Atlanta Braves 40 $1,354,167.00 - -
1986 Atlanta Braves 40 $1,729,167.00 - -
1988 Atlanta Braves 42 $1,729,167.00 - -
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Did you know that Bruce Sutter was only the fourth relief pitcher to get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and the first one ever elected without making even one Major League start? The split-fingered fastball pioneer appeared in six-hundred sixty-one Major League games, all of them out of the bullpen. The other pitchers in the Hall of Fame (before Sutter) who were relievers are Hoyt Wilhelm (inducted in 1985, 52 GS), Rollie Fingers (1992, 37 GS), and Dennis Eckersley (2004, 367 GS).

Bruce Sutter Hall of Fame Plaque
Bruce Sutter | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 2006 ( HOF )
Bruce Sutter was the first closer in Chicago Cubs history to win a Cy Young Award after he put together a 37-save season in 1979, a plateau that tied the National League record (at the time) for saves in a season set by Clay Carroll in 1972, then tied by Rollie Fingers in 1978.

Five years later, Sutter ended the tie with a 45-save season, the first 40+ save season in National League history, and tied the Major League record for saves in a season set by Dan Quisenberry , who had 45 himself, one year earlier in the American League.

Bruce Sutter led the National League in saves five times (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984), the only senior circuit pitcher in league history to lead the league five times. Sutter's four consecutive seasons (1979 through 1982) leading the league were also an exclusive National League league record, until 2014, when Craig Kimbrel tied the mark (2011 through 2014).

Goose Gossage (302) and Rollie Fingers (341).

On September 8, 1977 , Bruce Sutter entered a 2-2 tie-game in the eighth inning, then in the ninth, pitched an immaculate inning (throwing exactly nine pitches and all nine were strikes). The side— Ellis Valentine , Gary Carter , Larry Parrish —was retired, Sutter earned the save, and the Cubs had the first known instance of a ninth inning immaculate inning .

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