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Frank Bolling

Frank Elmore Bolling

Position: Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: November 16, 1931 in Mobile, AL
School: Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1951. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 13, 1954 (Age 22.148)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1954 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Braves 1954-1966

Final Game: September 15, 1966 (Age 34.303)
Relatives: Brother of Milt Bolling
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All-Time Rank (among batters): #998. Chase Headley… #999. Abner Dalrymple… #1000. Lyle Overbay… #1001. FRANK BOLLING… #1002. Duff Cooley… #1003. Hoot Evers… #1004. Mike Lieberthal… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1954 22 DET AL 117 413 368 46 87 15 2 6 38 3 5 36 51 .236 .302 .337 .639 76 124 5 0 6 3 *4
1955 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1956 24 DET AL 102 422 366 53 103 21 7 7 45 6 2 42 51 .281 .354 .434 .789 107 159 4 2 7 5 1 4 MVP-27
1957 25 DET AL 146 644 576 72 149 27 6 15 40 4 9 57 64 .259 .327 .405 .732 97 233 15 2 8 1 3 *4
1958 26 DET AL 154 681 610 91 164 25 4 14 75 6 4 54 54 .269 .328 .392 .720 92 239 9 4 4 9 1 *4 MVP-16,GG
1959 27 DET AL 127 520 459 56 122 18 3 13 55 2 2 45 37 .266 .339 .403 .742 99 185 6 7 7 2 2 *4
1960 28 DET AL 139 585 536 64 136 20 4 9 59 7 4 40 48 .254 .308 .356 .664 77 191 10 2 6 0 2 *4
1961 ★ 29 MLN NL 148 658 585 86 153 16 4 15 56 7 3 57 62 .262 .329 .379 .708 95 222 25 3 10 3 1 *4 AS
1962 ★ 30 MLN NL 122 452 406 45 110 17 4 9 43 2 2 35 45 .271 .333 .399 .732 98 162 7 4 4 3 3 *4 AS
1963 31 MLN NL 142 606 542 73 132 18 2 5 43 2 1 41 47 .244 .299 .312 .611 77 169 11 3 17 3 3 *4
1964 32 MLN NL 120 387 352 35 70 11 1 5 34 0 1 21 44 .199 .245 .278 .524 47 98 8 2 8 4 3 *4
1965 33 MLN NL 148 577 535 55 141 26 3 7 50 0 4 24 41 .264 .295 .363 .657 84 194 11 0 17 1 6 *4
1966 34 ATL NL 75 245 227 16 48 7 0 1 18 1 1 10 14 .211 .244 .256 .499 38 58 3 1 3 4 3 4
12 Yrs 1540 6190 5562 692 1415 221 40 106 556 40 38 462 558 .254 .313 .366 .679 85 2034 114 30 97 38 28
162 Game Avg. 162 651 585 73 149 23 4 11 58 4 4 49 59 .254 .313 .366 .679 85 214 12 3 10 4
ATL (6 yrs) 755 2925 2647 310 654 95 14 42 244 12 12 188 253 .247 .298 .341 .639 79 903 65 13 59 18 19
DET (6 yrs) 785 3265 2915 382 761 126 26 64 312 28 26 274 305 .261 .326 .388 .714 91 1131 49 17 38 20 9
NL (6 yrs) 755 2925 2647 310 654 95 14 42 244 12 12 188 253 .247 .298 .341 .639 79 903 65 13 59 18 19
AL (6 yrs) 785 3265 2915 382 761 126 26 64 312 28 26 274 305 .261 .326 .388 .714 91 1131 49 17 38 20 9

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1954 22 DET AL 117 413 -11 -1 0 -12 4 -19 -2.1 13 -6 -0.8 .482 .487 0.4 -0.8 5 *4
1956 24 DET AL 102 422 3 2 2 -3 4 7 0.7 13 20 2.0 .507 .504 2.2 0.1 23 4 MVP-27
1957 25 DET AL 146 644 -3 -4 -1 7 5 4 0.3 19 23 2.3 .503 .503 1.5 1.3 16 *4
1958 26 DET AL 154 681 -4 3 1 12 5 16 1.7 20 36 3.7 .512 .511 2.4 1.9 24 *4 MVP-16,GG
1959 27 DET AL 127 520 3 -0 1 12 4 20 1.9 16 36 3.5 .516 .513 2.4 1.5 24 *4
1960 28 DET AL 139 585 -15 1 1 -1 4 -9 -1.2 18 8 0.6 .493 .494 0.8 0.2 9 *4
1961 ★ 29 MLN NL 148 658 0 3 -3 14 4 18 1.8 24 43 4.2 .513 .512 2.8 1.9 29 *4 AS
1962 ★ 30 MLN NL 122 452 -0 -1 -0 -2 3 -1 -0.0 17 16 1.7 .499 .500 1.9 0.1 19 *4 AS
1963 31 MLN NL 142 606 -12 2 -0 2 4 -4 -0.4 22 18 2.0 .497 .497 1.6 0.8 16 *4
1964 32 MLN NL 120 387 -22 0 -1 -10 3 -30 -3.3 15 -15 -1.8 .472 .479 -0.7 -0.7 -5 *4
1965 33 MLN NL 148 577 -10 -2 0 -2 4 -9 -1.1 22 12 1.1 .493 .494 1.4 0.3 14 *4
1966 34 ATL NL 75 245 -18 -0 0 -5 2 -21 -2.3 9 -12 -1.4 .469 .485 -1.0 -0.3 -8 4
12 Seasons 1540 6190 -88 1 1 13 45 -27 -4.0 207 180 17.1 .498 .499 15.7 6.2 167
ATL (6 yrs) 755 2925 -61 1 -3 -2 19 -46 -5.3 109 63 5.9 .493 .496 5.9 2.0 65
DET (6 yrs) 785 3265 -26 -0 4 16 26 19 1.3 99 118 11.2 .503 .502 9.8 4.2 102

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1954 DET AL 22 2B 113 100 86 904.0 493 248 232 13 54 .974 -12 -15 4.78 4.25 .976 5.37 5.33
1956 DET AL 24 2B 102 99 99 891.2 494 223 260 11 72 .978 -3 -4 4.88 4.74 .973 5.44 5.40 MVP-27
1957 DET AL 25 2B 146 144 138 1325.1 811 394 401 16 112 .980 7 7 5.40 5.45 .980 5.39 5.41
1958 DET AL 26 2B 154 154 152 1350.1 799 342 445 12 109 .985 12 11 5.25 5.11 .978 5.26 5.21 MVP-16,GG
1959 DET AL 27 2B 126 126 126 1111.0 629 281 340 8 81 .987 12 13 5.03 4.93 .976 5.29 5.25
1960 DET AL 28 2B 138 137 128 1230.0 769 375 377 17 93 .978 -1 -1 5.50 5.45 .979 5.46 5.45
1961 MLN NL 29 2B 148 145 145 1307.1 825 326 489 10 112 .988 14 13 5.61 5.51 .976 5.51 5.45 AS
1962 MLN NL 30 2B 119 112 107 980.1 556 252 298 6 70 .989 -2 -3 5.05 4.62 .974 5.30 5.25 AS
1963 MLN NL 31 2B 141 137 133 1237.0 719 326 379 14 107 .981 2 2 5.13 5.00 .974 5.21 5.19
1964 MLN NL 32 2B 117 94 83 868.1 474 212 255 7 68 .985 -10 -14 4.84 3.99 .973 5.22 5.19
1965 MLN NL 33 2B 147 141 133 1266.2 720 310 393 17 90 .976 -2 -2 5.00 4.78 .974 5.28 5.28
1966 ATL NL 34 2B 67 57 48 511.1 289 134 150 5 35 .983 -5 -11 5.00 4.24 .978 5.33 5.33
12 Seasons 2B 1518 1446 1378 12983.1 7578 3423 4019 136 1003 .982 13 1 5.16 4.90 .976 5.34 5.31
12 Seasons TOT 1518 1446 1378 12983.1 7578 3423 4019 136 1003 .982 13 1 5.16 4.90 .976 5.34 5.31
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1956 AL (27, 1%)
1958 AL (16, 3%)
0.04 Career Shares (1203rd)

Gold Gloves
1958 AL (2B)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1961 NL  4.2 (10th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1958 AL  1.9 (4th)
1959 AL  1.6 (7th)
1961 NL  1.9 (4th)

Games Played s c a p y
1957 AL  146 (9th)
1958 AL  154 (3rd)

At Bats s c a p y
1957 AL  576 (7th)
1958 AL  610 (3rd)
1961 NL  585 (8th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1957 AL  644 (8th)
1958 AL  681 (2nd)
1961 NL  658 (9th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1958 AL  91 (6th)

Hits s c a p y
1958 AL  164 (8th)

Doubles s c a p y
1957 AL  27 (9th)
1958 AL  25 (10th)

Triples s c a p y
1956 AL  7 (9th)
1957 AL  6 (6th)

Singles s c a p y
1958 AL  121 (6th)
1961 NL  118 (6th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1958 AL  222 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1959 AL  7 (5th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1961 NL  10 (7th)
1963 NL  17 (1st)
1965 NL  17 (2nd)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1958 AL  9 (1st)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1957 AL  15 (9th)
1961 NL  25 (1st)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1957 AL  9 (3rd)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1958 AL  8.4 (10th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1959 AL  12.4 (8th)
1963 NL  11.5 (4th)
1965 NL  13.0 (4th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1957 AL  460 (5th)
1958 AL  472 (2nd)
1961 NL  473 (2nd)

Assistss c a p y
1958 AL  445 (3rd)
1961 NL  489 (3rd)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1958 AL  12 (5th)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1954 AL  113 (5th)
1956 AL  102 (5th)
1957 AL  146 (3rd)
1958 AL  154 (2nd)
1959 AL  126 (3rd)
1960 AL  138 (5th)
1961 NL  148 (2nd)
1964 NL  117 (5th)
Career  1,518 (33rd)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1954 AL  248 (5th)
1956 AL  223 (5th)
1957 AL  394 (2nd)
1958 AL  342 (3rd)
1959 AL  281 (3rd)
1960 AL  375 (2nd)
1961 NL  326 (2nd)
1965 NL  310 (5th)
Career  3,423 (39th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1956 AL  260 (5th)
1957 AL  401 (3rd)
1958 AL  445 (1st)
1959 AL  340 (3rd)
1960 AL  377 (4th)
1961 NL  489 (2nd)
Career  4,019 (46th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1954 AL  13 (5th)
1957 AL  16 (1st)
1958 AL  12 (5th)
1960 AL  17 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1956 AL  72 (5th)
1957 AL  112 (2nd)
1958 AL  109 (3rd)
1959 AL  81 (5th)
1961 NL  112 (2nd)
1963 NL  107 (2nd)
1964 NL  68 (5th)
1965 NL  90 (5th)
Career  1,003 (25th)

Total Zone Runs as 2B s c a p y
1957 AL  7 (4th)
1958 AL  12 (1st)
1959 AL  12 (3rd)
1961 NL  14 (1st)
1963 NL  2 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 2Bs c a p y
1957 AL  5.40 (4th)
1958 AL  5.25 (4th)
1959 AL  5.03 (5th)
1960 AL  5.50 (5th)
1961 NL  5.61 (3rd)
1963 NL  5.13 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1956 AL  4.74 (5th)
1957 AL  5.45 (3rd)
1958 AL  5.11 (4th)
1959 AL  4.93 (5th)
1960 AL  5.45 (2nd)
1961 NL  5.51 (2nd)
1963 NL  5.00 (4th)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1954 AL  .974 (5th)
1957 AL  .980 (4th)
1958 AL  .985 (1st)
1959 AL  .987 (2nd)
1960 AL  .978 (4th)
1961 NL  .988 (1st)
1962 NL  .989 (1st)
1963 NL  .981 (4th)
1964 NL  .985 (1st)
1965 NL  .976 (2nd)
Career  .982 (75th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 17 (1133), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 14 (1019), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 14 (1200), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (100th), 17.1 career WAR/19.4 7yr-peak WAR/18.2 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Frank Elmore Frank frankie Bolling

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