Saturday, December 26, 2009
#94) JOHN SULLIVAN
John Sullivan was drafted by the New York Mets from the Detroit Tigers in the Rule V Draft on November 28, 1966. He served as the Mets' reserve catcher for the entire 1967 season appearing in 65 games. It was the only complete major league season for John, who spent the majority of his baseball career at the Triple-A level. Sullivan delivered a 12th inning pinch-hit two-run single to deliver the walk-off victory for the Mets against the San Francisco Giants on May 2, 1967. New York sold his contract to the Philadelphia Phillies on February 19, 1968.
After his playing career, John became a Minor League manager in the Kansas City Royals system. In 1978, his Omaha Royals defeated the Indianapolis Indians to become the American Association Champions. Following that Sullivan began a 15 year stint as a Major League coach. Ending with the Toronto Blue Jays and their World Championship teams of 1992 and 1993.
It is said that John has an extensive autographed baseball collection of all the pitchers that he faced and worked with over his professional career.
John Sullivan signed his card in the set from an autograph request sent to his home on November 3, 2008.