His grandfather played college basketball, one uncle coached in college. Another uncle played college baseball, according to Sullivan's Arizona State bio.
Then there was uncle Brian Sullivan. Though his career was brief, Brian Sullivan is the only recorded Danny Sullivan relative to play as a pro.
For Brian Sullivan, that pro career lasted two seasons and started with an independent club in the California League.
Brian Sullivan's career began in 1989, signed by the independent Reno Silver Sox out of Vanguard University of Southern California.
With Reno, Sullivan got into 24 games, 13 of those starts. He amassed a 6-7 record, with a 2.57 ERA. He also struck out 91 in 98 innings.
His work at Reno ended up catching the notice of the Expos, that team signing him and sending him to single-A West Palm Beach. His ProCards card, though, indicates he was acquired by the Expos early on in the season, in April.
Sullivan only got two starts at West Palm Beach, giving up four earned in 9.2 innings there.
For 1990, Sullivan moved to single-A Rockford. In 13 relief outings, 23.1 innings, he gave up six earned runs, picked up two wins and two saves. It was his final year as a pro.
- TheSunDevils.com: Danny Sullivan
Made the Majors: 735 - 51.6%
Never Made Majors: 689-48.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 321
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 189