Tom Sullivan (catcher)

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Tom Sullivan
Born:(1906-12-19)December 19, 1906
Nome, Alaska, US
Died: August 16, 1944(1944-08-16) (aged 37)
Seattle, Washington, US
Batted: RightThrew: Right
MLB debut
June 14, 1925, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
June 14, 1925, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average .000 (0-for-1)
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 0

Thomas Brandon Sullivan (December 19, 1906 – August 16, 1944) was a professional baseball catcher. He played in one game for the 1925 Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). Listed at 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m) and 190 pounds (86 kg), he batted and threw right-handed. Sullivan was the first person born in Alaska to play in MLB. [1] [lower-alpha 1]



Baseball records list Sullivan's one game with the Cincinnati Reds in 1925, and 55 games with the minor league Seattle Indians of the Pacific Coast League in 1928. [2]

Sullivan's one major league appearance came on June 14, 1925, with the Reds hosting the Brooklyn Robins at Redland Field (later renamed Crosley Field). [3] Sullivan played defensively at catcher for the final three innings, allowing one passed ball from pitcher Neal Brady. [3] Sullivan had one plate appearance; facing Brooklyn's Dazzy Vance with one out in the ninth inning, he grounded out, shortstop to first. [3] The Cincinnati Enquirer noted that it was Sullivan's first professional game, referring to him as "the big college boy from Seattle". [4] He was released by the Reds on June 29. [5]

Sullivan attended the University of Washington prior to playing professional baseball. [6]


  1. At the time of Sullivan's birth, 1906, it was the District of Alaska, becoming the Territory of Alaska in 1912, and a state in 1959.

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  1. "Players by birthplace: Alaska Baseball Stats and Info". . Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  2. "Tom Sullivan Minor League Statistics & History". . Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  3. 1 2 3 "Brooklyn Robins 12, Cincinnati Reds 3". Retrosheet . June 14, 1925. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  4. "Notes of the Game". The Cincinnati Enquirer . June 15, 1925. p. 11. Retrieved July 19, 2020 via
  5. "Notes of the Game". The Cincinnati Enquirer . June 29, 1925. p. 11. Retrieved July 19, 2020 via
  6. "Tom Sullivan, With Black Pitts Last Year, A Big Leaguer Now". The Butte Miner. Butte, Montana. June 18, 1925. p. 13. Retrieved July 19, 2020 via

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