Frank Sullivan Stats

Frank Sullivan was born on Thursday, January 23, 1930, in Hollywood, California. Sullivan was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 31, 1953, with the Boston Red Sox. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Frank Sullivan baseball stats page.

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"I didn't really become a pitcher until 1953, when I was with the Red Sox farm club in Albany, New York, in Class A ball. That was also the year I discovered I wasn't considered a prospect. I had experienced a little arm trouble and I went to our manager, Jack Burns , to tell him I was fine and that I wanted to pitch. He said, 'I know you're fine, and I want to get you in there, but the Red Sox told me I have to pitch the prospects.' But he did work me in and I pitched pretty well. It was around that time that my catcher, Len Okrie , came out to the mound and said, 'Stop worrying about what you are doing out here, and start worrying about what is happening at home plate.' It was as if a light went on for me. From that point on I was a different pitcher." - Frank Sullivan in Red Sox Magazine (2004, Page 2)

Frank Sullivan

Frank Sullivan Autograph on a 1961 Topps Baseball Card (#281 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1961top01' title='1961 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Frank Sullivan Autograph on a 1961 Topps Baseball Card (#281 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Franklin Leal Sullivan
Nickname:
Frank - The Boston Skyscraper
Born On:
01-23-1930  (Aquarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Hollywood, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-19-2016 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Lihue, Hawaii
Cemetery:
Cremated
High School:
Burbank High School (Burbank, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-07
Player Weight Chart Weight:
215
First Game:
07-31-1953 (Age 23)
Last Game:
06-12-1963
Draft:
Not Applicable

Frank Sullivan

Frank Sullivan Pitching Stats

1953 23 Red Sox 14 0 1 1 1 .500 5.61 0 0 0 25.2 104 24 16 16 3 11 0 17 0 1 0 -
1954 24 Red Sox 36 26 6 15 12 .556 3.14 11 3 1 206.1 857 185 72 81 18 66 0 124 1 6 2 -
1955 25 Red Sox 35 35 0 18 13 .581 2.91 16 3 0 260.0 1,100 235 84 103 23 100 5 129 1 2 1 -
1956 26 Red Sox 34 33 1 14 7 .667 3.42 12 1 0 242.0 1,048 253 92 112 22 82 6 116 4 8 1 -
1957 27 Red Sox 31 30 1 14 11 .560 2.73 14 3 0 240.2 961 206 73 76 16 48 4 127 2 7 0 -
1958 28 Red Sox 32 29 3 13 9 .591 3.57 10 2 3 199.1 836 216 79 91 12 49 0 103 2 3 1 -
1959 29 Red Sox 30 26 1 9 11 .450 3.95 5 2 1 177.2 751 172 78 86 17 67 2 107 2 7 1 -
1960 30 Red Sox 40 22 4 6 16 .273 5.10 4 0 1 153.2 678 164 87 94 12 52 6 98 3 6 0 -
1961 31 Phillies 49 18 19 3 16 .158 4.29 1 1 6 159.1 687 161 76 93 19 55 5 114 1 5 0 -
1962 32 Phillies 19 0 4 0 2 .000 6.26 0 0 0 23.0 115 38 16 21 2 12 2 12 0 2 0 -
1962 32 Twins 21 0 10 4 1 .800 3.24 0 0 5 33.1 145 33 12 17 3 13 0 10 1 0 0 -
1963 33 Twins 10 0 3 0 1 .000 5.73 0 0 1 11.0 49 15 7 7 1 4 1 2 0 0 0 -
11 Years 351 219 53 97 100 .492 3.60 73 15 18 1,732.0 7,331 1,702 692 797 148 559 31 959 17 47 6 -

Frank Sullivan

Frank Sullivan Hitting Stats

1953 23 Red Sox 14 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250
1954 24 Red Sox 36 68 6 7 3 0 0 0 1 6 0 21 3 1 0 2 .103 .173 .147
1955 25 Red Sox 35 89 6 10 1 1 0 0 6 4 0 33 12 0 0 2 .112 .151 .146
1956 26 Red Sox 34 85 4 12 1 0 0 0 3 2 0 21 7 1 0 3 .141 .159 .153
1957 27 Red Sox 31 79 6 13 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 30 6 0 0 1 .165 .185 .190
1958 28 Red Sox 32 67 6 11 1 0 0 0 3 5 0 18 8 0 0 2 .164 .222 .179
1959 29 Red Sox 30 60 2 12 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 15 7 1 0 1 .200 .210 .217
1960 30 Red Sox 40 40 3 5 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 11 4 0 0 1 .125 .205 .125
1961 31 Phillies 49 33 2 5 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 10 3 0 0 1 .152 .263 .152
1962 32 Phillies 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1962 32 Twins 21 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .200 .000
1963 33 Twins 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
11 Years 351 529 36 76 9 1 0 0 22 30 0 160 50 3 0 14 .144 .189 .164

Frank Sullivan

Frank Sullivan Fielding Stats

1953 Red Sox P 14 0 77 6 0.4 6 4 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.10
1954 Red Sox P 36 26 619 50 1.4 48 12 36 2 5 n/a n/a n/a .960 2.09
1955 Red Sox P 35 35 780 64 1.8 63 22 41 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .984 2.18
1956 Red Sox P 34 33 726 54 1.6 53 16 37 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .981 1.97
1957 Red Sox P 31 30 722 66 2.1 65 17 48 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.43
1958 Red Sox P 32 29 598 39 1.2 39 13 26 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.76
1959 Red Sox P 30 26 533 37 1.2 35 15 20 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .946 1.77
1960 Red Sox P 40 22 461 23 0.6 23 6 17 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.35
1961 Phillies P 49 18 478 46 0.9 44 10 34 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .957 2.49
1962 Phillies P 19 0 69 7 0.4 7 2 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.74
1962 Twins P 21 0 100 9 0.4 9 4 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.43
1963 Twins P 10 0 33 4 0.4 4 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.27
P Totals 351 219 5,196 405 1.2 396 121 275 9 30 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.06
11 Years 351 219 5,196 405 1.2 396 121 275 9 30 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.06

Frank Sullivan

Frank Sullivan Miscellaneous Stats

1953 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 0.0 1.55 5.96 3.86
1954 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.2 68.0 1.88 5.41 2.88
1955 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.7 14.8 1.29 4.47 3.46
1956 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 28.3 1.41 4.31 3.05
1957 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 79.0 2.65 4.75 1.80
1958 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.7 22.3 2.10 4.65 2.21
1959 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 15.0 1.60 5.42 3.39
1960 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.6 20.0 1.88 5.74 3.05
1961 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.3 16.5 2.07 6.44 3.11
1962 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 4.70 4.70
1962 Twins 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.77 2.70 3.51
1963 Twins 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.50 1.64 3.27
11 Years 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.3 24.0 1.72 4.98 2.90

Frank Sullivan

Frank Sullivan Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1953 Boston Red Sox 18 Undetermined - -
1954 Boston Red Sox 18 Undetermined - -
1955 Boston Red Sox 18 Undetermined Stats -
1956 Boston Red Sox 18 Undetermined Stats -
1957 Boston Red Sox 18 Undetermined - -
1958 Boston Red Sox 18 Undetermined - -
1959 Boston Red Sox 18 Undetermined - -
1960 Boston Red Sox 18 Undetermined - -
1961 Philadelphia Phillies 29 Undetermined - -
1962 Philadelphia Phillies 18 Undetermined - -
1962 Minnesota Twins 20 Undetermined - -
1963 Minnesota Twins 20 Undetermined - -
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Franklin Leal Sullivan was a Major League Baseball player who pitched for the Boston Red Sox (1953-1960), Philadelphia Phillies ( 1961 - 1962 ), and Minnesota Twins ( 1963 ). Frank, who was also nicknamed The Boston Skyscraper was one of the tallest (6 feet 6 inches) pitchers during the 1950s.

Norman Rockwell, The Rookie, Saturday Evening Post
Norman Rockwell, The Rookie, Saturday Evening Post
Frank Sullivan, Sammy White , and Jackie Jensen were told on an off-day to drive to Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He recalled the day, "When we got there we were greeted warmly by a small, slim man, whose name meant nothing to me. He posed us and took a number of pictures, explaining that the background would be the locker room we used in Sarasota, Florida, for Spring Training. I remember ragging on Jackie Jensen on the way back, saying the trip was all his idea, and the photographer didn't seem to know what he was doing. The following March, I pick up The Saturday Evening Post (pictured above), and there we were on the cover. The man was an illustrator, not a photographer, and if you look closely, you'll see we are wearing street shoes, not spikes. The cover was titled 'The Rookie' and the man's name turned out to be Norman Rockwell." 'The Rookie' was actually Sherman Safford, a high school athlete from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, who was asked to model for the painting which was based on Mickey McDermott making the Red Sox roster back during the spring of 1948.

In 1955 , Whitey Ford , Bob Lemon and Frank Sullivan each won an American League leading 18 games - the first year three pitchers ever split the wins title in the junior circuit. [ Year by Year Leaders for Wins ]

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