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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Glenn Sullivan, Iowa Cubs - 90

Be sure and check out the revisited Glenn Sullivan feature from March 2011: Glenn Sullivan, Came Back

Another movie I'll be referencing in this blog is the other Kevin Costner baseball movie, Field of Dreams. In the movie, Kevin Costner's Ray Kinsella is meets Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, who played in one major league game, but never got to bat. The player himself is real. He played in one game, June 29, 1905, for the New York Giants. But he never got to bat.

In the 1990 CMC set, I've gone through about 60 percent of the set, so far finding two players who were near Moonlight Grahams, each with only a single at bat to their major league careers, one of them got a hit in that only at bat, the other didn't. And that was it. More on them later.

For my first member of the 1990 CMC set, I think I'll start with a member of the 1990 Iowa Cubs, infielder Glenn Sullivan. Sullivan played only 28 games with the Iowa Cubs that year, playing another 100 with the Cubs' AA team the Charlotte Knights. In 68 at bats with Iowa, Sullivan got only 7 hits. Between the two teams, he batted only .228.

In all, Sullivan spent five seasons in the Cubs' system, spending his first year with the short-season Geneva Cubs, the next with the single A Winston-Salem Spirits. He showed promise with Geneva, hitting .301, but never came close to that success again.

He never made the majors. The Irving, Tx., native even hung on in the independent Texas-Louisana League for parts of three seasons, 1995, 1996 and 1998.

1990 CMC Tally:
Cards reviewed: 1
Major Leaguers: 0

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