In fact, when asked about his biggest moments to date, he listed the Chicago shutout, along with his 3,000th strikeout in 1983; his last regular-season game in '82, when he clinched an Eastern Division title for Milwaukee; that 210th victory in Cincinnati, and the Florida state high school championship game in 1962, when he pitched 13 innings for the victory.
Today, of course, could be his biggest yet. He refuses to believe that 300 wins represent an automatic ticket to Cooperstown, but he is hopeful it might help earn him a reservation on even "a small closet in that little Upstate New York city."
The Hall of Fame, of course, is his ultimate goal, the highest reward for more than two decades of dedication and accomplishment, and a chance to stand there on a summer afternoon "and pay tribute to some people who bought in for the whole ride."
On that inevitable day, Sutton will pay tribute to Red Adams, his pitching coach with the Dodgers; Walt Alston, his manager during 11 of 15 seasons with the Dodgers, and Henry Roper, the junior high teacher who taught him to pitch.
Both Roper and Alston died recently. Adams may be there today when Sutton attempts to wrap up an early Father's Day gift for one of the others who bought in for the whole ride.