Denny Sullivan (sullide02)
Dennis William Sullivan
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10"
- Debut April 22, 1905
- Final Game September 2, 1909
- Born September 28, 1882 in Hillsboro, WI USA
- Died June 2, 1956 in West Los Angeles, CA USA
Denny Sullivan was an outfielder four years in the Majors (1905;1907-1909). Sullivan was born on Thursday, September 28, 1882, in Hillsboro, WI. He broke into Organized Baseball in 1902 at age 19 with Fargo in the North Dakota League. He played for Fargo (1902); Winnipeg in the Canadian League (1902); and the Minneapolis Millers in the American Association (1902-1904). He was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 22, 1905, with the Washington Senators. After a cup of coffee with Washington, he was returned to the Millers (1905-1906) and then played for the Boston Red Sox (1907-1908).
He was the regular center fielder for the Red Sox before Tris Speaker won the job late in 1908. A small left-handed hitter from Wisconsin, Sullivan hit .245 in 1907 with just 19 extra-base hits in 144 games. In 1908, Sullivan was hitting .239 before Speaker took over in center. In September of 1908 Denny was purchased by the Cleveland Naps from the Red Sox and played with the Naps (1908-1909), where he played his final MLB game on September 2, 1909 at age 26. He returned to the minors with the Toledo Mud Hens of the American Association (1910).
In 1907, his best year in MLB, he had 135 hits, 73 runs, 18 doubles, 0 triples, 1 home run, 26 RBI and 16 stolen bases at (.245./315./283) in 144 games. In 1906, his best year in the minors, he had 2 home runs at .311 in 138 games. Overall in MLB, he had 221 hits, 106 runs, 25 doubles, 8 triples, 1 home run, 51 RBI and 30 stolen bases at (.239/.296/.286) in 255 games. From 1902-1906 with the Minneapolis Millers, he had 7 home runs at ~.290 in 465 games.
He became a medical doctor and was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army (MED CORPS USA) and served in both World Wars I and II (BN, Grave Locator). He died at age 73 at a VA Hospital in Los Angeles, CA on June 2, 1956 and is buried at Los Angeles National Cemetery (Section 240, Row B, Site 7) in Los Angeles, CA.
VA Hospital and National Cemetery Records
Sullivan, Dennis William, b. 09/28/1882, d. 06/02/1956, LT COL MED CORPS USA, Plot: 240 7/B, bur. 06/07/1956, * SULLIVAN, DENNIS WILLIAM LT COL US ARMY WORLD WAR I, WORLD WAR II DATE OF BIRTH: 09/28/1882 DATE OF DEATH: 06/02/1956 BURIED AT: SECTION 240 ROW B SITE 7 LOS ANGELES NATIONAL CEMETERY 950 SOUTH SEPULVEDA BOULEVARD LOS ANGELES, CA 90049 (310) 268-4675
Principal sources for Denny Sullivan (sullide02) include newspaper obituaries (OB), government Veteran records (VA,CM,CW), Stars & Stripes (S&S), Sporting Life (SL), The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (none) (BR) , old Daguerreotypes by TSN (none) (DAG), Stars&Stripes (S&S), The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase (PD), The Baseball Library (BL), Baseball in World War II Europe by Gary Bedingfield (GB) ; The American Association: Year-By-Year Statistics for the Baseball Minor League, 1902-1952 by Marshall D. Wright; and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.