This is my ode about the time I spent with my grandfather on Cape Cod. I hope to honor the summers we shared and the teams we rooted for by reuniting a game used bat for every Red Sox position player from 1975 to 1986. This is for you Gus!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Marc Sullivan

Actual text message from my friend Craig, "Saw you won that Marc Sullivan bat on ebay. Nice. Good luck writing about him without a mention of nepotism." Challenge accepted.

Marc Sullivan was drafted by the Red Sox in the second round of the 1979 amateur draft after being named an All American at the University of Florida. A defensive specialist, Sullivan struggled at the plate at every level of professional baseball and never broke the Mendoza line once joining the parent club. Sullivan played a total of 137 games for the Sox during his career including just four games during a three year stretch.

After digging for information, I have come to two conclusions. First, Marc Sullivan may very well have had the most undistinguished and mediocre career of any player during my childhood. No humorous stories, memorable practical jokes or game winning home runs have been recorded to argue otherwise. Second, Craig you were right, I can't do it without a mention of nepotism. Marc and Haywood Sullivan were the first player and owner family combination in baseball since Earle and Connie Mack almost 70 years earlier.

6 bats down 77 to go.

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