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Jackie Sullivan was a second baseman 15 years (1940-1955), all in the minors except for a cup of coffee in 1944, losing one year to the Military and most of two others. Sullivan was born on Friday, February 22, 1918, in Princeton, TX. He broke into Organized Baseball in 1940 at age 22 with Longview in the East Texas League. He played for Longview (1940); Pensacola in the Southeastern League (1941); and Dallas in the Texas League (1942). He served in the U.S. Armed Forces (1942-1944)(BN).

Sullivan was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 6, 1944, with the Detroit Tigers. He played at second base in one game for the Tigers with one at bat and a putout. He was optioned to the Buffalo Bisons of the International League (1944) and the Little Rock Travelers of the Southern Association (1945) and on August 29, 1945, he was released by the Tigers.

He returned to the minors with Dallas (1946); Lubbock in the West Texas-New Mexico League (1946-1950); Shreveport in the Texas League (1951); Gainesville in the Big State League (1951); Odessa in the Longhorn League (1951); Abilene - Lamesa in the West Texas-New Mexico League (1952); and Plainview in the West Texas-New Mexico League (1953-1955); ending his baseball playing career at age 37.

In 1948, his best year in the minors, he had 25 home runs and 134 RBI at .381. Overall in the minors, he had 128 home runs and 877 RBI.

He served as player-manager in the minor leagues, starting with Lubbock in 1947, and continuing until he was replaced by Jodie Beeler in mid-1955, when he became a McKinney, TX policeman. He was also a Dallas County TX deputy sheriff for a year. He died at age 74 at Humana Hospital in Dallas, TX from complications of heart disease on October 15, 1992 and is buried at Ridgeview Memorial Park in McKinney, TX.


[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1947 Lubbock Hubbers West Texas-New Mexico League 99-41 1st Detroit Tigers League Champs
1948 Lubbock Hubbers West Texas-New Mexico League 81-59 3rd none Lost in 1st round
1949 Lubbock Hubbers West Texas-New Mexico League 70-70 6th none
1950 Lubbock Hubbers West Texas-New Mexico League 80-63 3rd none Lost in 1st round
1951 Odessa Oilers Longhorn League -- none -- replaced by Robert Martin May 8
1952 Ardmore Indians Sooner State League -- none -- replaced by Royce Mills May 2
Lamesa Lobos West Texas-New Mexico League 5th none replaced Jay Haney June 29
1953 Plainview Ponies West Texas-New Mexico League 80-62 3rd none Lost in 1st round
1954 Plainview Ponies West Texas-New Mexico League 60-73 6th none
1955 Plainview Ponies West Texas-New Mexico League -- none -- replaced by Jodie Beeler July 1


[edit] Sources

Principal sources for Jackie Sullivan 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 Texas League in Baseball, 1888-1958 by Marshall D. Wright; The Southern Association in Baseball, 1885-1961 by Marshall D. Wright; The International League: Year-by-year Statistics, 1884-1953 by Marshall D. Wright; and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.

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