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Life Is More Than 9 Innings: Memories of a Boston Red Sox Pitcher Paperback – September 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Editions Ltd; First edition (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915013541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915013548
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,180,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank Sullivan is a Red Sox Hall of Fame pitcher who is now on the way to becoming a Hall of Fame storyteller. This delightful book not only covers his professional career and many of the great players of that era but also has many delightful human interest tales of life away from the playing fields. He details the ups and downs of a baseball career at a time when there wasn't expansion of the leagues and free agency was not a part of baseball terminology. A really enjoyable, fun book for everyone. --Dick Bresciani, Vice President, Boston Red Sox

About the Author

Frank Sullivan was born in Southern California, signed with the Boston Red Sox in 1948 and pitched his first game for the big league club in 1953. He spent eight years with Boston and finished his career in Philadelphia (NL) and Minnesota. He was selected to play in the all-Star games in 1955 and 1956 and was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2008. He settled on Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands in 1964 where he worked as a PGA golf professional and pursued his love of fishing, boats, good friends and writing. He and his wife Marilyn live in Lihue.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Warren L. Bowen on September 29, 2008
Very good book and very, very funny. The stories are short and concise making the book easy to pick up and read a few stories at one's leisure. A slight warning however, the stories are so entertaining that it's hard to put the thing down. A great book for everyone, but especially for those of us that remember those wonderful baseball years.

Warren Bowen
Glendora, California
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Day on March 27, 2012
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I never knew Sully's book existed until I read Jane Leavy's article in the 3/26/2012 issue of SI. Leavy called it "a damn good book." She got that right. Sully is witty, irreverent at times, and insightful. Who knew that Joe DeMaestri is such a classy guy? Sully's photographs -- most of which I have never seen before -- help to make this book special. So do the stories of the relationship between Sully and his catcher, Sam White. In both his comments and in his story telling, Sully reveals a terrific sense of humor, but Sam White comes across as being even funnier. I loved the story of how Sam White, after looking around the bases and seeing them all full, advised Sully that he was "in a lot of trouble." I especially enjoyed the details that Sully reveals regarding his role in Norman Rockwell's classic Saturday Evening Post cover, "The Rookie." Reading about Sullivan's dinner with Hoot Evers was an unexpected delight. Simply and without adornment, Sully reveals Evers' observation about going to dinner: "The people you eat with have as much to do with the meal as the food." The story of Sully's first major league pitch is a classic, providing a lesson for all, whether in or out of baseball. On some of Sully's narratives, I was stunned by the quality of his writing. This book is hard to get hold of. It deserves to be more widely available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Collins on October 29, 2008
I loved this book. It is a must for every member of Red Sox Nation. I plan to give it to many who happen to be on my Christmas list. Frank Sullivan brings joy and humor to every aspect of baseball, and beyond, into life. This is a treasure.
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