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Don Sutton, a four-time All Star pitcher who was best known for his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers - though he also pitched for the Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A's and California Angels -  has passed away.  He was 75, and had been suffering from cancer.

The Los Angeles Times writes that Sutton "made the Dodgers as a rookie in 1966 and pitched at least 200 innings in 20 of his first 21 seasons, with the strike-shortened 1981 season the only exception. Sutton never missed a start because of an injury for 22 consecutive seasons.  On the all-time lists, he ranks third in games started with 756 — trailing only Cy Young and Ryan — and seventh in innings pitched with 5,282 1/3, seventh in strikeouts with 3,574 and 10th in shutouts with 58."

The story also points out that "the Dodgers have retired 10 uniform numbers, most recently Sutton’s No. 20 in 1998. With the deaths of Sutton and Tommy Lasorda this month, Sandy Koufax is the only living honoree among the men whose numbers the team has retired."

The Times notes that Sutton "is the seventh Hall of Fame player to die since April: Al Kaline, Tom Seaver, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Joe Morgan and Whitey Ford died in 2020. In addition, Dodgers Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda died Jan. 7."