Hall of Fame capsules

July 26, 1998

Don Sutton

Born: Donald Howard Sutton on April 2, 1945, in Clio, Ala.

Highlights: Went 324-256, tied with Nolan Ryan for 12th place on the career victory list. Struck out 3,574, ranking fifth lifetime. Key member of Dodgers staff from 1966 to 1980. Pitched in rotation with Sandy Koufax and Fernando Valenzuela. Only player elected by Baseball Writers' Association of America in January. Received 81.6 percent of vote after falling just nine votes short of required 75 percent the previous year. Elected in fifth year of eligibility. Four-time All-Star. Was 4-1 in six starts in the League Championship Series with Los Angeles, Milwaukee and California. Was 2-3 in four World Series. Won final game of regular season in 1982, breaking a first-place tie between Milwaukee and the Orioles Smart on the mound, pitched 58 shutouts. Was a career-best 21-10 in 1976. Twice went 19-9 in a season. Joined Atlanta Braves' broadcast team in 1989.

Larry Doby

Born: Lawrence Eugene Doby on Dec. 13, 1924, in Camden, S.C.

Highlights: First black player in American League. Made major-league debut on July 5, 1947, for Cleveland Indians, just 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier. Hit .283 with 253 home runs and 970 RBIs in a career that lasted until 1959. Also played for White Sox and Tigers. A center fielder, made seven straight All-Star teams (1949-55). Won two AL homer titles. Helped Indians win 1948 World Series. Batted .318 in Series, hit winning home run in Game 5 against Boston Braves. Led AL in homers and RBIs in 1954 when Indians won a record 111 games. Played in Negro leagues in 1942-1943 and 1946-1947, missing two years because of military service. Became second black manager in majors, following Frank Robinson, when he took over White Sox in middle of 1978 season. Selected by the Veterans Committee.

Lee MacPhail

Born: Leland Stanford MacPhail Jr. on Oct. 25, 1917, in Nashville, Tenn.

Highlights: Part of a four-generation baseball family. His father, Larry, was president of the Yankees and Dodgers. Had three sons involved in the game including Andy, president of the Cubs. His grandson, Lee IV, is scouting director for the Indians. Larry and Lee are the first father-son tandem in the Hall of Fame. Only other family with two members in the Hall: former Pittsburgh outfielders Paul and Lloyd Waner. Began front-office career as business manager for Class B Reading, Pa., in 1941. Later was GM in Toronto and Kansas City in the minors. Director of player personnel for the Yankees from 1948 to '58, winning nine AL pennants and seven World Series titles. Was also GM of the Orioles and Yankees. Served as AL president from 1974 to '83. Most famous decision: overruling umpires and allowing George Brett's "pine-tar" home run to stand. Selected by the Veterans Committee.

"Bullet" Joe Rogan

Born: Wilbur Joe Rogan on July 28, 1889, in Oklahoma City.

Died: March 4, 1967, in Kansas City, Mo.

Highlights: A star pitcher and hitter in the Negro leagues from 1920-38. Developed skills in the Army, was discovered by Casey Stengel in 1918 while playing for a black cavalry team. Led Kansas City Monarchs to Negro National League titles in 1923-25 and 1929. Also managed Monarchs from 1926 until end of career. Fastballer had lifetime record of 113-45, led league in wins three times. Played outfield, second base and catcher. Hit over .400 twice and once led league in stolen bases. Hit .389 in 15 games against white major leaguers. Took Monarchs on a tour of China, Japan, the Philippines and Hawaii after the 1935 season. After retirement as player, worked as umpire through 1946. Selected by the Veterans Committee.

"Gorgeous" George Davis

Born: George Stacey Davis on Aug. 23, 1870, in Cohoes, N.Y.

Died: Oct. 17, 1940, in Philadelphia.

Highlights: Played from 1890 to 1909 for the White Sox and NL teams in Cleveland and New York. Batted .297 with 2,668 hits and 1,435 RBIs. Ranks in the top 100 in games, at-bats, steals, hits, RBIs and runs. Among career leaders for shortstops in total chances, putouts and assists. Played on 1906 White Sox team that beat Cubs in the World Series. Drove in a team-high six runs in 13 at-bats in Series, batting .308 in three games. Selected by the Veterans Committee.

Pub Date: 7/26/98

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