Frank Sullivan, baseball player, Died at 85

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Franklin Leal Sullivan was on January 23, 1930, and died on January 19, 2016.

He was an American professional baseball player.

Frank was a right-handed pitcher over parts of eleven seasons (1953–1963) with the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins.

Sullivan tied for the American League lead in wins in 1955 with Boston.

He has a 97-100 record in 351 appearances, with a 4.15 ERA and 959 strikeouts.

Frank Sullivan was named to the American League All-Star team in 1955 and 1956.

Mr.Sullivan was selected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2008.

Mr. Sullivan was one of the tallest pitchers of his time, at 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m).

During the 1960 season, the Red Sox traded him to the Phillies for another towering right-hander, the 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 accident, 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 unexpected end in the bottom of the 12th inning.

Frank had entered the game in the eighth inning and held the NL scoreless in the ninth, 10th and 11th.

Frank Sullivan published a memoir entitled Life Is More Than 9 Innings, in September 2008.

Frank Sullivan passed away at 85 yrs old.

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