February 12, 2003
(Boston-AP) -- Former Boston Red Sox co-owner and general manager Haywood Sullivan, a Georgia native, died today in Fort Myers, Florida. He was 72.
Team spokesman Kevin Shea said Sullivan, who lived in Naples, Florida, died after suffering a stroke.
Sullivan, the team's general manager from 1978 to 1983, last worked for the Red Sox in 1993.
He was best known for neglecting to mail a contract offer to catcher Carlton Fisk, allowing the future Hall of Famer to become a free agent.
After a seven-year playing career, much of it with the Red Sox, and a year managing the Kansas City Athletics,
Sullivan became the Red Sox director of player personnel in 1965.
In 1978, he, Jean Yawkey and Buddy LeRoux took possession of the Red Sox.
Born December 15th, 1930 in Donalsonville, Georgia, Sullivan had a brief major league career, catching for the Red Sox and the Athletics.
He managed the A's most of the 1965 season to a last-place finish.
He ended his career with a .226 batting average in 312 games, hitting 13 homers and 87 RBI's. As a manager, he posted a win-loss record of 54-82.
His son, Marc, also was a major league catcher, from 1982 to 1987.