Haywood C. Sullivan was a prominent figure in the world of baseball, serving as a player, coach, and executive over the course of his career. Born in Georgia in 1930, Sullivan began his baseball journey as a catcher, playing for the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Athletics in the 1950s and early 1960s. He was known for his strong arm and defensive skills, and was a key player on several successful teams.

After retiring as a player, Sullivan went on to become a coach and executive, working for a number of different teams over the years. He served as a coach for the Red Sox, Athletics, and Milwaukee Brewers, and also worked as a scout and minor league instructor. In the 1970s, he became the general manager of the Brewers, helping to build a team that would go on to win the American League pennant in 1982.

Sullivan's most notable role, however, was as the executive vice president and part-owner of the Red Sox. He joined the team in 1978, and quickly became a key figure in the organization. He was known for his shrewd business sense and his ability to build strong relationships with players and other executives.

During his time with the Red Sox, Sullivan oversaw a number of important changes and developments. He played a key role in the team's acquisition of star players like Wade Boggs and Roger Clemens, and helped to build a strong farm system that produced many talented players. He also oversaw the renovation of Fenway Park, the team's historic home stadium, and helped to modernize the team's operations and marketing efforts.

Despite his many successes, Sullivan was not without controversy. He was criticized by some for his handling of the team's finances, and was accused of being too focused on profits at the expense of winning. He also had a contentious relationship with some members of the media, who accused him of being secretive and uncommunicative.

Sullivan retired from the Red Sox in 1993, after a long and successful career in baseball. He remained involved in the sport in various capacities, and was widely respected for his contributions to the game. He passed away in 2003, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most influential and respected figures in the history of baseball.