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HAYWOOD SULLIVAN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/24/1980 - HFSID 299523

The controversial Red Sox General Manager (and later owner) thanks a sports reporter for information. Typed Letter signed: "Haywood Sullivan" as Vice President and General Manager, Boston Red Sox, 1 page, 7¼x10½. Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts, 1980 October 24.

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HAYWOOD SULLIVAN
The controversial Red Sox General Manager (and later owner) thanks a sports reporter for information.
Typed Letter signed: "Haywood Sullivan" as Vice President and General Manager, Boston Red Sox, 1 page, 7¼x10½. Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts, 1980 October 24. On letterhead of the Boston Red Sox to Matt Fitzsimmons, Troy, New York. In full: "Thank you very much for your recent letter. We certainly appreciate receiving the information contained therein."  Haywood Sullivan (1930-2003) caught in the minors for many years until, after military service, he joined the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City A's as a backup catcher (1955-1963). He managed the A's through most of the 1965 season, and then was hired to the Red Sox front office. His tenure started well, credited with trading for some of the players who in 1967 brought the Sox their first AL pennant since 1946. In 1977, utilizing his friendship with Jean Yawkey (widow of longtime owner Tom Yawkey), Sullivan borrowed money to become part of a new Red Sox ownership group, operating as Vice President and General Manager. In this post Sullivan proved less successful, trading away fan favorites - Bernie Carbo, Ferguson Jenkins, Luis Tiant and Bill Lee - for little return value. Worse still, he failed to meet the deadline for mailing contract offers to stars Carlton Fisk and Fred Lynn, facilitating their flight to free agency. He won a legal battle to retain control of the club in 1984, but lost influence in succeeding years. When he sold his share of the club in 1993, he had parlayed a $200,000 investment into a $33 million return. Despite lingering ill feeling from some fans, Sullivan entered the Red Sox Hall of Fame posthumously in 2004. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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