Requiem For A Couple Of Braves #socs #jusjojan

I apologize in advance to those who might not know what I’m talking about.

Not surprisingly, the news here in Atlanta and throughout the baseball world has been about the death of Henry Aaron, the man who broke Babe Ruth’s seemingly insurmountable home run record of 714 home runs in a career. The video above shows Hank’s homer that broke the record on April 8, 1974. He ended his career with 755 home runs with the Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers and was enshrined as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

When I moved to Atlanta and started following the Braves, Hank was around as an elder statesman from the team that moved here from Milwaukee in 1966. Everyone in the organization loved him and recognized him as the heart and soul of the Braves.

Atlanta Braves Broadcast Team, 1990’s. From left: Joe Simpson, Don Sutton Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray. Source: Atlanta Braves

The Braves lost another member of the family earlier this week. While Don Sutton never played for the Braves, he was a member of the broadcast team from 1990 until 2018, spending a couple of years in there announcing for the Washington Nationals. Don is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, having won 324 games and ringing up 3,574 strikeouts in a 23-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, and California Angels. He came across as a friendly guy, loaded with baseball knowledge that he’d share with the audience on radio and TV.

We bought a new furnace and air-conditioning unit several years ago, and one of the reasons we bought this one was because the salesman told us he had sold one to Don Sutton. I figured if it was good enough for him, it was good enough for me.

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19 thoughts on “Requiem For A Couple Of Braves #socs #jusjojan

  1. Hi John – ok … now I see who they are … sad to lose two members you related to. All the best and I can see why you bought your particular furnace! All the best this week – Hilary


  2. Tough week for Hall of Famers. Tommy, Don, and now one of the greatest players ever…Hank Aaron.
    I grew up a Dodger fan of course and I didn’t become aware of baseball until 1977 so I missed Hanks playing days. I read about him though when I was a kid and watched every clip those Saturday sports shows would play on him.


    1. Hank was amazing. I don’t think he was ever trying to hit a home run. He was just good at waiting for his pitch and driving it. He never had a season with more than 96 strikeouts or more than 92 walks, retired with a 155 OPS, the most total bases and runs batted in of all time. He was a tremendous fielder, too: he had an innate sense of where the ball was going and rarely had to move too far to catch it. He was one of a kind.

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      1. He had to be the most consistent homerun hitter ever…or just hitter. Mays and others were flashier but he was just on it day in and day out. Great role model.


        1. The others had better PR. Mays played in New York and San Francisco, while Hank played in Milwaukee and Atlanta. Same thing happened with Harmon Killebrew, who had more homers than Mickey Mantle, but who do you hear more about?

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          1. Yes I totally agree. Another guy would be Dale Murphy…the opposite is Derek Jeter. Now would he have been considered great? Yes but not Godly like he is portrayed. That doesn’t take away from his ability.


              1. He should be….people have to understand it was a different era….pre-steroid. I don’t think they should ever compare anyone to modern players…it should be from the era they played in…and Murphy stood out.

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                1. Dale was class. In 1990, David Justice was ready to come up, but Dale was in right field and could have played there another four or five years. He knew Justice could mean the difference between last and first place, so he said he’d be willing to be traded if it would help the team. They sent him to the Phillies, brought Justice up, and Dave went on a tear. If Dale stays, there’s no worst-to-first in 1991, and he knew that…


  3. DON SUTTON – growing up, my mom is a HUGE sports fan and we lived in a suburb of LA county. Her teams were the Dodgers, Lakers, and Rams. We had partial season tickets to the Dodgers and then later in life, my husband and I took the kids to Angels games. I remember seeing him pitch. I’m sad to hear he’s gone.


    1. He retired after the ’88 season and was here in Atlanta by the end of ’89. He’s from Alabama near Pensacola, and I guess he wanted to move back to this part of the south. We were happy to have gotten him, because he was an excellent broadcaster.

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