Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Frank Sullivan, BHS '48 (1930-2016)

Boston Globe, January 21, 2016

Frank Sullivan, a two-time All-Star with the Red Sox and a member of the team’s Hall of Fame, died Tuesday, four days before what would have been his 86th birthday. The cause was complications from pneumonia.

Sullivan was 90-80 with a 3.47 ERA for the Sox from 1953-60. He played parts of 11 seasons in the majors, winning 97 games. Sullivan led the Red Sox in ERA from 1954-57 and was their Opening Day starter three times.

The Red Sox signed the 6-foot-6-inch righthander in 1948 out of Southern California. After a two-year stint in the Army, Sullivan made his major league debut in ’53 and was in the rotation a year later.

Sullivan took the loss in the 1955 All-Star Game in Milwaukee, giving up a walkoff home run to Stan Musial in the 12th inning after throwing three scoreless innings. He was 18-13 with a 2.91 ERA that season and led the American League with 260 innings.

Frank Sullivan is one of the Red Sox players depicted in Norman Rockwell’s 1957 painting, "The Rookie.”

This photo provided by Curtis Licensing via Christie's auction house in New York shows Norman Rockwell's 1957 painting, "The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)." The painting, showing, pitcher Frank Sullivan, right fielder Jackie Jensen and catcher Sammy White, second baseman Billy Goodman and Hall of Famer Ted Williams, will be auctioned by Christie's on May 22, with a pre-sale estimate of $20 million to $30 million. (AP Photo/Curtis Licensing) MANDATORY CREDIT

Traded to the Phillies after the 1960 season for Gene Conley, Sullivan left the Red Sox ranked fifth in team history with 201 starts.

Sullivan spent the last 50 years living in Hawaii and worked at a number of golf courses. The team said he last visited Fenway Park in 2014.

Sullivan is survived by his wife Marilyn, son Mike, son Mark, daughter-in-law Leihina, and four grandchildren.



2008 BHS Hall of Fame


Birth: Jan. 23, 1930
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 2016
Lihue, Kauai County, Hawaii, USA

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