In 1971, Bruce Sutter signed with the Cubs as a free agent and spent about four seasons in the Cubs’ farm system. He was part of the Midland Cubs that won the 1975 Texas League (AA). During his major league career, a Bruce Sutter appearance took place with three different teams, the Chicago Cubs from 1976 to 1980, the St. Louis Cardinals from 1981 to 1984, and the Atlanta Braves from 1985 to 1986 and 1988.
In 1979, Sutter saved 37 games for the Cubs, which tied for the NL record held by Clay Carroll and Rollie Fingers. He won the Cy Young Award and both the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award and The Sporting News Fireman of the Year Award in 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1984. As a member of the Cardinals team that won the 1982 World Series, a Bruce Sutter appearance clinched two saves in the series.
A Bruce Sutter appearance took place on the NL’s All-Star team six times from 1977 to 1981 and 1984, winning the 1978 and 1979 Games. In September 1977, he struck out three batters on nine pitches, becoming the 12th National League pitcher and the 19th in Major League history to accomplish such a feat.
As a dominant reliever during his time, Sutter became the only pitcher to lead the NL in saves five times and retired with 300 saves, which is the third highest total in history. In 1979, he won the NL’s Cy Young Award and in 2006, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
**Bruce Sutter Speaker**
The perfect Bruce Sutter speaker topic would be his brilliant career as a pitcher, as well as the legacy of the split-finger fastball, a potent pitch Sutter was one of the first to perfect.
**Bruce Sutter Appearance**
Although Sutter played for three different major league teams, the Bruce Sutter appearance on his Hall of Fame plaque depicts him wearing a Cardinals cap (and also his trademark beard).
**Bruce Sutter Endorsement**
Perhaps the best reason for a Bruce Sutter endorsement stems from his being known as the first pitcher to effectively use the split-finger fastball – a pitch he dubbed “The Jewel.” How many other companies can claim they’re being endorsed by a man who practically invented a cornerstone baseball pitch?
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