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SULLIVAN, William Joseph Sr.

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SULLIVAN, William "Billy" Joseph Sr. (Oakland, WI, Feb. 1, 1875--Newberg, OR, Jan. 28, 1965). Although a weak hitter, Sullivan lasted sixteen years in professional baseball as one of the best defensive catchers of his time.

Sullivan began his professional career in 1896 with the Cedar Rapids Bunnies of the Western Association. He played for Dubuque in 1897 in the same league. He batted just .216 in 124 games, but hit seven home runs and stole 27 bases. He played with the World Series champions in 1906 and three times led league catchers in fielding percentages.

As player:

Boston Beaneaters (1899–1900) Chicago White Sox (1901–1912), (1914) Detroit Tigers (1916)

As manager:

Chicago White Sox (1909)