Don Sutton - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Dec 4, 1980:Signed Don Sutton(P) from LA-N as free agent
Aug 30, 1982:Traded Don Sutton(P) to Mil-A for Kevin Bass(OF), Frank DiPino(P), Mike Madden(P), and cash. Hou received Bass, DiPino and Madden on Sep 3

This Date in Astros History

Apr 18, 1966:The first major league game on artificial turf is played in the Astrodome. Two future Hall-of-Famers face off. 21-year-old rookie Don Sutton stymies Robin Roberts and the Astros for a 6-3 Dodger win, the first of his career. The infield was carpeted with the Monsanto product Judge Roy Hofheinz dubbed "Astroturf". The outfield and foul grounds were still dirt but had the zippered sod installed after the homestand.
Apr 12, 1980:In his first game as an Astro, Nolan Ryan hits the first home run of his career, a three-run shot off Don Sutton. But the lead doesn't hold and Los Angeles eventually wins in 17 innings, 6-5.
Dec 3, 1980:Don Sutton, a longtime nemesis as a Dodger, signs a free agent contract with Houston. He would post a 24-17 record in his two abbreviated seasons as an Astro which would eventually lead to a 324-win career, a plaque at the Hall of Fame and a second career as a broadcaster.
Apr 11, 1981:Don Sutton, signed as a free agent from Los Angeles over the winter, makes his Astro debut against the Dodgers, and surrenders six runs in a 7-4 loss.
May 13, 1981:Don Sutton twirls a five-hit shutout to blank St. Louis, 3-0. Art Howe adds a two-run homer. Off the field, Mike Ivie is hospitalized for mental exhaustion less than a month after he was traded to Houston for Jeff Leonard and Dave Bergman. Expected to be the cleanup hitter, Ivie bats .237 with no homers in 19 games. He will miss the rest of the season.
Aug 26, 1981:Art Howe drives in five to pace a 9-3 win over the Mets. A sacrifice fly and a pair of doubles turn the trick. Don Sutton, with help from Vern Ruhle and Dave Smith, notches the win.
May 26, 1982:After Don Sutton and Charlie Lea complete nine innings of shutout baseball, Frank LaCorte walks the bases full before being lifted in a 4-0 loss to Montreal. In the Astro clubhouse afterwards, LaCorte sets fire to his "31" jersey. Haunted by three-and-one counts, LaCorte insists on a new uniform and is given number "27".
Jul 7, 1982:Don Sutton notches his 250th career win, a 5-1 four-hit victory over the Cubs. It's Sutton's ninth of the year. Phil Garner drills a two-run shot and Jose Cruz plates the other two tallies.
Aug 9, 1982:Alan Ashby cracks two solo shots off John Montefusco to lift the Astros to a 4-3 victory in San Diego. Dickie Thon figures in both of the other tallies. Don Sutton wins his 11th of the season.
Sep 3, 2004:Roger Clemens claims his 325th career victory, passing Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton, two former Astros, for 12th place on the all-time wins list. He does so in an 8-6 triumph over Pittsburgh. Home runs by Jose Vizcaino, Carlos Beltran, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell stake Clemens to a 7-0 lead but he gives up six runs in the seventh before leaving. Lance Berkman adds an insurance tally while the bullpen quiets the Bucs. It is Clemens' 15th win of the season and Houston's seventh straight as they climb within 2-1/2 games of Chicago for the wild card playoff spot.