Sutter Honored; Cards vs. Giants Rained Out

Bruce Sutter was honored Sunday at Busch

The number 42 of Bruce Sutter, the first full-time closer to enter the Hall of Fame, was retired before Sunday's rainout at Busch Stadium. Depending on the remainder of the season, the Cardinals - Giants game may not be made up.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced that their Sunday game with the San Francisco Giants has been cancelled due to rain and will be not be rescheduled unless deemed necessary. The Cardinals will make an announcement regarding tickets on Monday.

Sunday's game is the first regular season game to be cancelled or postponed in the new Busch Stadium, the fourth in team history against the San Francisco Giants.

However, ceremonies prior to the game were held as scheduled to honor the retirement of number 42 in honor of former closer Bruce Sutter, who entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer wearing a Cardinals cap.

Sutter, 53, was elected to the Hall by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He garnered 76.9% of the vote, just surpassing the 75% minimum required for induction and was the only player elected this year.

Sutter revolutionalized the split-fingered fastball and is the first full-time closer in history to be elected to the Hall. His induction ceremony was held in Cooperstown, N.Y. on July 30.

Sutter was also at the old Busch last season, as the person who pulled down the number 42 on the Busch Stadium Final Countdown. He also participated in Winter Warm-Up this past off-season.

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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