|Born:December 12, 1874|
|Died: July 15, 1937 62) (aged|
|September 15, 1897, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 8, 1910, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Earned run average||2.79|
Thomas Frank "Tully" Sparks (December 12,1874 –July 15,1937),was a former professional baseball player who played pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1897 to 1910. Sparks played for the Philadelphia Phillies,Pittsburgh Pirates,Milwaukee Brewers,New York Giants,and Boston Americans. He was an alumnus of Beloit College.
In 1899,while with the Pirates,Sparks led the National League in relief innings pitched and ERA.
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