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SUTTER, BRADLEY TO BE INDUCTED
INTO ST. LOUIS SPORTS HALL OF FAME
St. Louis, Mo. (December 13, 2010) – Bruce Sutter and former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, two superstars in their respective sports, will be inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame during the organization’s first “Locker Room Luncheon” on Thursday, Feb. 10, at the St.
Charles Convention Center.
Sutter, a baseball Hall of Fame pitcher who helped the St. Louis Cardinals capture the 1982 World Series, and Bradley, the former Crystal City High School and New York Knicks great who went on to become an NBA Hall of Famer, qualified for Enshrinement for the group’s November ceremonies. However, extenuating circumstances prevented them from attending and being inducted.
Sutter had a spectacular Major League career with the Chicago Cubs, Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, as a relief specialist. He was the only pitcher to lead the National League in saves five times and retired with exactly 300 saves. He won the Cy Young Award in 1979 when he led the NL with 37 saves behind a 2.22 earned run average. Sutter, who pitched for the Cardinals from 1981-1984, also led the league in saves in 1980 (28), 1981 (25), 1982 (36) and 1984 (45).
The right-handed reliever also recorded a pair of saves in the 1982 World Series, including the championship game winner against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Bradley was a Missouri All-State basketball player at Crystal City, an All-American at Princeton University and an NBA Hall of Famer, helping the Knicks to the NBA championships in 1970 and 1973. He averaged some 30 points a game while at Princeton and captured the 1965 James E. Sullivan Award, which is presented annually to the top amateur athlete in the U.S.
He played 742 games in the NBA, averaging 12.4 points per contest and was a noted as a hard nosed rebounder and a tough defender. He was inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.
An excellent scholar, Bradley also was the recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford in England. He then entered politics and served three terms in the U.S. Senate. He also ran for President of the United States in the 2000 primaries.
The Locker Room Luncheon, which will begin at 11:30 a.m., will also be attended by other Hall of Famers. Hall of Famers Whitey Herzog, Sutter’s manager in St. Louis, and Ozzie Smith, the wizard at shortstop, will be on hand to reflect on the 1982 World Championship team.
The luncheon begins with a silent auction at 11 a.m. with part of the proceeds helping to establish a St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship” to Lindenwood University.
Individual tickets are $50 and tables of 10 are $500. Reservations are being accepted online at www.stlsportshalloffame.com, or by calling toll free 1-888-627-3235, extension 710. Checks or money orders, made out to the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, can be mailed to P.O. Box 190833, St. Louis, Mo. 63119.
The presenting sponsor of the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame is Budweiser. Other major sponsors are Your Quality Ford Dealers, Rawlings, Vinson Mortgage, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, KMOX Radio, Allsup, Inc. and the Scottrade Center, the home of the Blues.