Gary Sutherland

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Birthdate09/27/1944
Death Date
Debut Year1966
Year of Induction
Teams Astros, Cardinals, Expos, Padres, Phillies, Tigers
Positions Executive, Second Base, Shortstop

Gary Sutherland scored the first-ever run for the Montreal Expos franchise. He also recorded the first putout in a regular-season game in Canada.

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Gary Sutherland writes a less-than-glowing scouting report on Pedro Martinez before his MLB debut

Gary Sutherland writes a less-than-glowing scouting report on Pedro Martinez before his MLB debut

After retiring as a player, Gary Sutherland served the game for decades as a scout. It was in that capacity with the Dodgers that Sutherland wrote this report about a 20-year old pitcher named Pedro Martinez. Dated four months before
Gary Sutherland recounts signing Tony Gwynn

Gary Sutherland recounts signing Tony Gwynn

Gary Sutherland played more than 1,000 big league games from 1966-1978. Notably he scored the first run in Montreal Expos franchise history and recorded the first putout in a regular-season game played in Canada. Upon his retirement, Sutherland became a scout for the Padres and Dodgers and later an
First Topps card of 8-time batting champ Tony Gwynn

First Topps card of 8-time batting champ Tony Gwynn

After the contract negotiations with Tony Gwynn and his father, young Tony reported to Walla Walla, Washington where Gary Sutherland was an instructor. Gwynn went on to lead the National League in batting eight times on his way to 3,141 hits and a Hall of Fame career. Shown here is his Topps rookie
Gary Sutherland scouts future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza before the catcher's debut

Gary Sutherland scouts future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza before the catcher's debut

The Dodgers sent scout Gary Sutherland to watch Mike Piazza and assess his readiness for the Major Leagues. Sutherland liked what he saw, reporting, “Making great progress – will develop into a good ML hitter w/above average power”. Sutherland goes on to praise the catcher but ends his repor
Sutherland saw that Piazza could play for the Dodgers

Sutherland saw that Piazza could play for the Dodgers

Gary Sutherland foresaw Mike Piazza’s greatness before the catcher even played a big league game. Only nine other players have ever had over 400 home runs with over a .300 lifetime average while never strikeout out more than 110 times in a season. Mike Piazza’s name is on that list next to the likes of Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Lou Gehrig,
Gary Sutherland signed MLBPA endorsement questionnaire

Gary Sutherland signed MLBPA endorsement questionnaire

The Major League Baseball Players Association sent out questionnaires like this one to its players to determine what endorsements each man had. Today’s players compliment their baseball salary with off field endorsement but that wasn’t always the case. This document filled out by Gary Sutherland on May 23, 1974 shows him to have no

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