Sean Gulliver had a great baseball career as a star middle infielder in local and provincial junior and senior baseball starting in the early 1980’s. He was the heart and soul of the Shamrocks baseball dynasty for over 30 years as a player. Sean combined great hitting, defense, and baseball intelligence to help his team to 21 local and 10 provincial championships with the Caps. As an outstanding defensive shortstop/second baseman and captain in the infield he was always at or near the top in key statistics and captured many individual honours over the course of his career.
From 1979-1985 he played in the St. John’s Junior league helping to win the Championship in 1985 and from 1981-2015 and was a key member of the Shamrocks Senior Baseball team, including the dynasty team of the 1980’s that captured a record 9 consecutive league titles. He broke into the league as a 15-year-old rookie and played for a total of 23 years at the junior and senior level combined. Over the course of his senior career, he had a lifetime batting average of over .360, hit .400 or better 10 times. This earned him numerous awards including being inducted in 2019 into the St. John’s Baseball Hall of Fame and into the Provincial Baseball Hall of Fame. During the prime of his career, he was considered by many to be the best hitter in the province and has been a dedicated and tireless leader in the development of baseball in Newfoundland and Labrador on and off the field, always helping to make others around him more successful.
Coaching for 41 consecutive years, he has dedicated a lifetime to coaching teams at all levels, including 3 Canada Games teams. He coached over 100 teams spanning both minor and senior divisions, capturing 55 local and provincial championships. He has also coached the junior and senior St. John’s Capitals teams for a combined 30 years including both teams for the past 7 years. For his efforts, Sean has been recognized by the Provincial Baseball Association as Provincial Coach of the Year 8 times and was the recipient of the Les Noseworthy Award in 1993. He has coached the junior Shamrocks the past 10 years, earning 6 titles, and has been a coach of the senior Shamrocks the past 18 years, earning 11 titles. In addition to coaching, he was a respected umpire, a scout for the Major League Scouting Bureau for 16 years and served on the executive of St. John’s Minor and Senior Baseball Leagues.