Frank Sullivan (baseball)
January 23, 1930 |
|July 31, 1953, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 12, 1963, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Earned run average||3.60|
|Career highlights and awards|
Franklin Leal Sullivan (born January 23, 1930) is an American former professional baseball player. He was a right-handed pitcher over parts of eleven seasons (1953–1963) with the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins. He tied for the American League lead in wins in 1955 with Boston. For his career, he compiled a 97-100 record in 351 appearances, with a 4.15 ERA and 959 strikeouts.
Sullivan was named to the American League All-Star team in 1955 and 1956. He was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2008.
Sullivan was one of the tallest pitchers of his time, at 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m). After the 1960 season, the Red Sox traded him to the Phillies for another towering right-hander, 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Gene Conley, enabling Conley to play Major League baseball and NBA basketball for two teams in the same city (as the backup to Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics). By coincidence, Conley had been the winning pitcher and Sullivan the loser of the 1955 All-Star Game.
A walk-off home run by Stan Musial on the first pitch from Sullivan brought the '55 All-Star Game to an abrupt end in the bottom of the 12th inning. Sullivan had entered the game in the eighth inning and held the NL scoreless in the ninth, 10th and 11th.
In September 2008, Sullivan published a memoir entitled Life Is More Than 9 Innings.
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