Hall of Famer and Cy Young winner Bruce Sutter has died at age 69

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HOLY. LOUIS (AP) – Hall of Famer and 1979 Cy Young winner Bruce Sutter has died. He was 69.

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Major League Baseball and St. The St. Louis Cardinals announced Sutter’s death on Friday, but did not give a cause of death. The Baseball Hall of Fame said Sutter died Thursday in Cartersville, Georgia.

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Sutter is considered one of the first pitchers to throw a split-finger fastball. The right-hander played 12 seasons in the major leagues, was a six-time All-Star and finished with 300 career saves.

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was “deeply sened” by the news.

“Bruce was the first pitcher to make the Hall of Fame without starting a game, and he was one of the key figures who foreshadowed how the use of relievers would evolve,” Manfred said in a statement. “Bruce will be remembered as one of the best pitchers in the history of two of our most historic franchises.”

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Sutter debuted with the Chicago Cubs in 1976. The reliever won the Cy Young in 1979 in a season in which he had 37 saves, a 2.22 ERA and 110 strikeouts.

He joined St. Louis Cardinals and played with them from 1981 to 1984. There he won the 1982 World Series and ended Game 7 against the Brewers with a shutout.

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His last save, number 300, came with the Atlanta Braves in 1988. Sutter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.

“Bruce was a fan favorite during his years in St. Louis and beyond, and will always be remembered for his convincing save in the 1982 World Series and his split-finger signature,” Cardinals owner and general manager Bill DeWitt Jr. he said in a statement. “He was a real pioneer in the game, changing the role of the late substitute.

The Cardinals said Sutter is survived by his wife, three sons, a daughter-in-law and six grandchildren.

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