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Sutter Selected for Hall of Fame

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Jan 11, 2006 7:31PM

2006_01_sports_sutter.jpgWhile the Cubs have suffered nearly a century of team futility, that doesn't mean they haven't had some of the best players of all time on the team over the years.

Last year, we saw Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg elected to the Hall of Fame. This year's lone selection is Bruce Sutter, yet another former Cub. He was voted in by the BBWAA, receiving votes from 76.9% of the voters (75% req. for entry).

The first pitcher voted into the Hall without a career start, Sutter pitched for the Cubs for the first 5 years of his 12 year career. During those seasons he made 4 All Star teams and won the 1979 Cy Young Award.

Two other former Cubs stars came up close, but short in the balloting. Andre Dawson recieved votes from 61% of voters and Lee Smith got 45%. And the drunken Wrigley fans are screaming again about Ron Santo being denied -- too inebriated on Old Style to understand the difference between the writers' vote and the veterans' committee selections.