Frank Sullivan R.I.P.


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Nov 6, 2005
R.I.P. Big Frank. I loved the year when he and Tom Brewer were the aces. First Malzone and now Sullivan. All of these guys a decade older than myself are leaving. It means that I am losing another tiny piece of myself.


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Aug 4, 2005
Living off Hope
Jackie Jensen, Billy Goodman, Sammy White, and of course Ted Williams.
The painting captures Red Sox players in 1957 at spring training in Sarasota, Florida. Depicted are catcher Sammy White (at lower left of painting); pitcher Frank Sullivan (No. 18), on the bench next to outfielder Jackie Jensen; Ted Williams standing in the center; and infielder Bill Goodman at far right, suppressing a smile. On the far left is a figure Rockwell called “John J. Anonymous,” an aspiring ballplayer who finally “made the team.” Figuring prominently in the work, right of center and dressed in a suit, is the “rookie,” a local high school athlete from Pittsfield, MA—Sherman Safford—who was asked to model for Rockwell. Ted Williams was the only player who did not pose for the work—Rockwell had to rely on baseball cards for the details of his face.

Al Zarilla

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Dec 8, 2005
San Andreas Fault
Another sad loss from those teams of our youth. Frank bookended the great 5 game sweep of MFY in July '59 with two complete games on 3 days rest. I'm telling yas, those were the days and you can look it up.

RIP #18
That sure was the highlight of the 1959 season (75 - 79 record). I always thought of Sullivan as one of the tallest Sox pitchers ever at 6'6" (Gene Conley at 6'8 maybe the tallest ever?). 6'6" today isn't that unusual. RIP big Frank.


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Feb 28, 2006
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My little Red Sox desktop calendar the wife gets me every year coincidentally has this trivia question on it today:

What Red Sox pitcher led the A.L. in wins (18) and innings pitched (260) in 1955?

RIP Frank.