Felber: Don Sutton’s nightmare on Addison Avenue

From SABR member Bill Felber at The National Pastime Museum on March 14, 2018:

Don Sutton once declared that he would rather sell cars than pitch at Wrigley Field. Sutton may have been a Hall of Famer, an ERA champion, a four-time All-Star, and a career 324-game winner, but he had good reason to recoil at the thought of facing the Cubs. Between his Major League debut in April 1966 and July 1969, Sutton made 18 appearances against Chicago and went 0–13, tying the all-time record for futility by one pitcher against one team.

The Cubs’ dominance of Sutton is all the more unlikely since during the course of the streak the record of all other Dodger pitchers against Chicago was 29–21.

“I lost to the Cubs in just about every way possible,” Sutton said after finally snapping the streak in August of 1969. It was, he said, “playing on my mind.”

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Originally published: March 14, 2018. Last Updated: March 14, 2018.