Former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Bruce Sutter will be the lone member of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2006. Sutter received the news on Tuesday, after being named to 76.9 percent of the 520 ballots—just 1.9 percent more than necessary for induction. He got 400 votes.
Jim Rice, Goose Gossage, and Andre Dawson were each on at least 60 percent of the ballots. Another former Cardinals reliever, Lee Smith, was named on 45 percent.
Sutter saved 300 games, which is 19th on the all-time list, in his 12 season career which lasted from 1976-1988 (he missed the 1987 season with an injury). Sutter played for the Cubs, Cardinals and Braves. 127 of those saves came with the Cardinals from 1981-1984. He struck out Gorman Thomas of the Brewers for the final out of Game 7 o the 1982 World Series.
Sutter led the league in saves five times and won the 1979 Cy Young Award with the Cubs. That season, he saved 37 games with a 2.22 ERA. He struck 110 batters and walked 32.
He became the only pitcher to never start a game to be named to the Hall of Fame. The last time only one person inducted in one year was in 2002, when Cardinals short stop Ozzie Smith went in. He’ll be officially inducted on July 30.