Feb. 11, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - The late Baylor baseball coaching legend Mickey Sullivan will be inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 seven-man class, the organization announced Tuesday. Sullivan will be the first-ever Baylor player or coach inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Sullivan was a standout football and baseball player at Baylor in the 1950s, and he went on to coach the Bears in both sports. He lettered three seasons in football from 1951-53 and starred on the baseball diamond from 1952-54. Following his playing days, Sullivan worked as an assistant coach for Baylor football and spent 21 seasons leading the Baylor baseball program.
Sullivan remains the only Baylor baseball player to ever be named a first-team All-American in two seasons. He also set the Southwest Conference record with a .519 batting average during his senior season in 1954. He was a consensus All-Southwest Conference selection in all three varsity seasons.
Following his playing career, Sullivan entered the coaching ranks. He joined the Baylor staff in 1969 as the Bears' freshman football coach, and in 1972, Sullivan was promoted to recruiting coordinator by former head coach Grant Teaff. Two years later, Sullivan became Baylor's 16th head baseball coach.
Sullivan led Baylor's baseball program to a 649-428-4 record in 21 seasons as head coach. His 649 coaching victories rank as the second-most in program history, and he led the Bears to three Southwest Conference Tournament titles and the 1977 and 1978 College World Series. Sullivan was elected to the Baylor Hall of Fame in 1983, retired in 1994 and passed away in 2012. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn.
As part of the ninth Hall of Fame class, Sullivan is one of 85 total players and coaches recognized in Lubbock. The 2014 class will be inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the annual Night of Champions event on June 28 in Lubbock. For more information, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.