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Milt Bolling

Milton Joseph Bolling

Positions: Shortstop, Second Baseman and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 177 lb.

Born: August 9, 1930 in Mississippi City, MS
High School: McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Mobile, AL)
School: Troy University (Troy, AL)
Signed
by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1948. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 10, 1952 (Age 22.032)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1953 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Senators/Tigers 1952-1958

Final Game: July 28, 1958 (Age 27.353)
Died: January 19, 2013 in Mobile, AL
Buried: Body donated to University of South Alabama,
Relatives: Brother of Frank Bolling
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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
1952 21 BOS AL 11 40 36 4 8 1 0 1 3 0 1 3 5 .222 .282 .333 .615 66 12 0 0 0 6
1953 22 BOS AL 109 363 323 30 85 12 1 5 28 1 4 23 41 .263 .318 .353 .671 78 114 4 3 13 *6
1954 23 BOS AL 113 437 370 42 92 20 3 6 36 2 4 47 55 .249 .337 .368 .705 85 136 3 4 13 3 *6/5
1955 24 BOS AL 6 7 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 /6
1956 25 BOS AL 45 141 118 19 25 3 2 3 8 0 1 18 20 .212 .319 .347 .666 68 41 3 1 3 1 1 65/4
1957 26 TOT AL 92 305 278 29 63 12 1 4 19 2 2 18 59 .227 .276 .320 .596 64 89 13 2 4 3 0 46/5
1957 26 BOS AL 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 1 0 0 0 0
1957 26 WSH AL 91 304 277 29 63 12 1 4 19 2 2 18 59 .227 .277 .321 .598 65 89 12 2 4 3 0 46/5
1958 27 DET AL 24 37 31 3 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 .194 .306 .258 .564 53 8 0 0 1 0 0 6/45
7 Yrs 400 1330 1161 127 280 50 7 19 94 5 12 114 188 .241 .313 .345 .658 75 401 23 10 36 7 1
162 Game Avg. 162 539 470 51 113 20 3 8 38 2 5 46 76 .241 .313 .345 .658 75 162 9 4 15
BOS (6 yrs) 285 989 853 95 211 36 6 15 75 3 10 91 122 .247 .324 .356 .681 79 304 11 8 31 4 1
WSH (1 yr) 91 304 277 29 63 12 1 4 19 2 2 18 59 .227 .277 .321 .598 65 89 12 2 4 3 0
DET (1 yr) 24 37 31 3 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 .194 .306 .258 .564 53 8 0 0 1 0 0

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
1952 21 BOS AL 11 40 -2 -0 0 1 1 -0 -0.0 1 1 0.1 .498 .500 -0.0 0.2 0 6
1953 22 BOS AL 109 363 -10 -1 0 9 6 4 0.4 11 15 1.5 .504 .502 0.6 1.6 6 *6
1954 23 BOS AL 113 437 -7 -1 2 6 6 6 0.7 13 20 2.0 .506 .504 1.4 1.4 14 *6/5
1955 24 BOS AL 6 7 -1 -0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .466 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1 /6
1956 25 BOS AL 45 141 -6 -1 -0 -5 2 -10 -1.0 4 -6 -0.6 .477 .494 -0.1 -0.3 -1 65/4
1957 26 BOS AL 1 1 -0 0 -0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .444 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0
1957 26 WSH AL 91 304 -12 0 -2 -1 4 -10 -1.1 9 -1 -0.2 .488 .493 -0.1 0.3 0 46/5
1958 27 DET AL 24 37 -2 -1 0 -3 1 -5 -0.5 1 -4 -0.4 .478 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -1 6/45
7 Seasons 400 1330 -40 -4 -0 7 20 -17 -1.9 41 23 2.2 .495 .499 1.4 2.8 17
BOS (6 yrs) 285 989 -26 -4 2 10 15 -3 -0.2 30 28 2.9 .499 .502 1.7 2.7 18
WSH (1 yr) 91 304 -12 0 -2 -1 4 -10 -1.1 9 -1 -0.2 .488 .493 -0.1 0.3 0
DET (1 yr) 24 37 -2 -1 0 -3 1 -5 -0.5 1 -4 -0.4 .478 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -1

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
1952 BOS AL 21 SS 11 10 9 86.0 64 22 41 1 6 .984 6.59 5.73 .962 4.94 4.94
1953 BOS AL 22 SS 109 94 82 848.1 518 174 321 23 71 .956 9 13 5.25 4.54 .966 5.11 5.08
1954 BOS AL 23 SS 107 103 93 921.2 588 186 370 32 73 .946 6 8 5.43 5.20 .960 5.00 4.97
1954 BOS AL 23 3B 5 3 0 21.0 13 5 7 1 0 .923 0 0 5.14 2.40 .959 3.47 3.46
1955 BOS AL 24 SS 2 1 1 11.0 5 1 3 1 0 .800 -1 -109 3.27 2.00 .960 4.91 4.90
1956 BOS AL 25 SS 26 17 17 181.0 95 31 59 5 11 .947 -4 -24 4.48 3.46 .960 4.98 4.94
1956 BOS AL 25 3B 11 9 7 86.1 29 6 20 3 2 .897 -1 -14 2.71 2.36 .949 3.22 3.19
1956 BOS AL 25 2B 1 0 0 4.0 4 1 2 1 0 .750 -0 -120 6.75 3.00 .972 5.40 5.40
1957 WSH AL 26 2B 53 51 35 430.0 274 126 143 5 36 .982 1 3 5.63 5.08 .980 5.39 5.41
1957 WSH AL 26 SS 37 24 20 231.1 137 42 89 6 17 .956 -1 -5 5.10 3.54 .963 5.11 5.13
1957 WSH AL 26 3B 1 0 0 3.0 1 0 0 1 0 .000 -1 -280 0.00 0.00 .950 3.30 3.20
1958 DET AL 27 SS 13 6 6 69.0 37 14 21 2 7 .946 -3 -54 4.57 2.69 .964 4.96 4.91
1958 DET AL 27 2B 1 0 0 3.0 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 0 120 9.00 3.00 .977 5.40 5.20
1958 DET AL 27 3B 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 120 4.50 1.00 .950 3.15 3.10
7 Seasons SS 305 255 228 2348.1 1444 470 904 70 185 .952 6 3 5.27 4.50 .963 5.05 5.02
3 Seasons 2B 55 51 35 437.0 281 128 147 6 36 .979 1 2 5.66 5.00 .980 5.39 5.41
4 Seasons 3B 18 12 7 112.1 44 11 28 5 2 .886 -1 -16 3.12 2.17 .952 3.27 3.26
7 Seasons TOT 378 318 270 2897.2 1769 609 1079 81 223 .954 6 2 5.24 4.47 .965 5.03 4.99
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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1953 AL  1.6 (8th)
1954 AL  1.4 (7th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1953 AL  13 (6th)
1954 AL  13 (4th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1953 AL  23 (4th)
1954 AL  33 (1st)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1954 AL  370 (4th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1953 AL  23 (3rd)
1954 AL  32 (1st)

Total Zone Runs as SS s c a p y
1953 AL  9 (4th)
1954 AL  6 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1953 AL  5.25 (3rd)
1954 AL  5.43 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1954 AL  5.20 (1st)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2996), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (319th), 2.2 career WAR/2.2 7yr-peak WAR/2.2 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 JAWS

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