The Saloon Salutes new HOFer Bruce Sutter

July 31, 2006 | Comments (0) | by Jake the Terrible Cubs Fan

We here at Thunder Matt's Saloon tip our glasses to the newest inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Bruce Sutter. Bruce and his mighty split-finger fastball racked up 300 saves from 1976 to 1988 and was a key member of the 1982 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Bruce is also a member of the elite I-55 Club, a proud group of guys who had the chance to play with both the Cubs and Cardinals in their careers. Along with Bruce in the club are such baseball luminaries as Lee Smith, Lou Brock, Ivan DeJesus, Gary Gaetti, John Mabry, Donovan Osborne, Todd Zeile, Steve Lake, and countless others.

Bruce's Grizzly Adams beard was inducted into the 'Pantheon of Great Baseball Hair' back in 1993. At its induction speech, Sutter's beard said it was "honored" to be in the company of such great legends like Rollie Fingers' moustache, and Oscar Gamble's afro.

Cheers to you Bruce. Lets hope your induction opens the Hall doors for other great relievers like Goose Gossage and Lee Smith.