From BR Bullpen
Haywood Cooper Sullivan
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 215 lb.
- School University of Florida
- Debut September 20, 1955
- Final Game June 30, 1963
- Born December 15, 1930 in Donalsonville, GA USA
- Died February 12, 2003 in Fort Myers, FL USA
 Biographical Information
Haywood Sullivan played in the majors from 1955-63, primarily as a catcher. While he spent four years with the Boston Red Sox and only three with the Kansas City Athletics, he had 718 of his lifetime 851 at-bats with the Athletics. He also managed the Athletics for most of the 1965 season.
Sullivan was General Manager and part owner (with Jean Yawkey) of the Boston Red Sox 1978-83. Sullivan had been assistant GM of the Red Sox from 1966 to 1977. He essentially inherited a contending team in the late 70's including the 99 win 1978 Red Sox. In his time as GM he traded popular players Rick Burleson, Butch Hobson and Fred Lynn and lost Carlton Fisk to free agency when he failed to offer Fisk a contract before a deadline. He then brought in over the hill stars like Joe Rudi and Tony Perez who along with 43 year old Carl Yastrzemski were well equipped to compete with the 1983 Phillies for oldest team honors. He also drafted and brought to the majors, his son, catcher Marc Sullivan. On the plus side for Sullivan he did acquire batting champion Carney Lansford who he then traded to Oakland for home run champion Tony Armas. Following the 1983 season, in which the Red Sox were 78-84, Sullivan was replaced by Lou Gorman as GM of the club after a dispute with fellow owner Buddy Leroux.
|Kansas City Athletics Manager
|Boston Red Sox General Manager
 Further Reading
- Larry Colton: "Southern League", Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY, 2013.