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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Floyd Sullivan  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1950 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Sullivan was born in Chicago. He grew up mostly in Oak Park and graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School (same as Ernest Hemingway!) in 1968. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (Circle) in 1973 with a BA in history and currently lives in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Floyd Sullivan worked in advertising and marketing most of his career, which included copywriting, design, PR, and product description, plus submissions to trade journals. In his free time he has written novels, screenplays, short stories and non-fiction pieces. He currently blogs at []. Sullivan's published books include ''Waiting for the Cubs'' (a Cub fan memoir), ''Old Comiskey Park'' (editor), and most recently ''Called Out: A novel of base ball and America in 1908''. The novel is set in multiple American cities with many key scenes taking place in Chicago, and one scene in Springfield, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs are featured prominently in the story.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Called Out: A novel of base ball and America in 1908
ISBN: 1937484513

Amika Press. 2017

Donald G. Evans, Founding Director, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame: “Riveting historical fiction set during a seminal time.…A precise and loving re-creation.”

As 1907 becomes 1908, National Base Ball League President Harry Pulliam suspects that the owner of the New York Giants has hired detectives to spy on him and his lover, Ted Russell, with the goal of blackmailing him. The pressure tests the strength of his relationship and his ability to administer his league duties.

Lenore Caylor, Pulliam’s new stenographer, falls in love with him and becomes his staunchest champion as he fights to preserve the honor of professional base ball and the National League. Near the end of the season, one of the most bizarre in base ball history, controversial, game-changing calls result in violent protests, riots, and death. The survival of the national pastime hangs in the balance, as do Pulliam’s relationships with Ted and Lenore—and, indeed, his own life.

Donald G. Evans, Founding Director, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame author, Good Money After Bad editor, Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting Till Next Year: “Sullivan pits baseball’s noble ambassadors against the greedy and the intolerant. In his hands, baseball’s intrigue is not only games won and lost, but also its ability to confront change and overcome hatred.”

Patrick Creevy, author, Ryan’s Woods, Tyrus, and Lake Shore Drive: “With the multiplex references that its title suggests, Called Out connects in a human oneness the world of 1908 with that of our own time. And it does so, first page to last, with an ever-intense narrative drive.”

Jimmy Greenfield, author, 100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know & Do Before they Die: “Floyd is a great baseball fan and an even better writer. He constantly finds new ways to write that blend a vast knowledge, endless curiosity and sharp wit.”

Waiting for the Cubs: The 2008 Season, the Hundred-Year Slump and One Fan's Lifelong Vigil
ISBN: 0786449020

McFarland. 2010

This is a memoir of a diehard--a diehard fan who drove himself and his family half crazy to get to Cubs games that were 700 miles away from their home. Along the way Sullivan recounts the history of Cubs baseball, including events from the 1908 season, as well as reminiscences from other fans and stories of his own experience following a team that has gone a century without attaining that final win that would make them world champions.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Contact the author at His fees are negotiable, and he is happy to do book signing events with readings from his novel. He is happy to speak to any group and prefers to stay in the Chicago area.