Alexander Peter Grammas
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 178 lb.
- School Mississippi State University
- High School John Herbert Phillips High School
- Debut April 13, 1954
- Final Game September 29, 1963
- Born April 3, 1926 in Birmingham, AL USA
- Died September 13, 2019 in Vestavia Hills, AL USA
Alex Grammas came up with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954, where he became the shortstop in the double play combination with second baseman Red Schoendienst. He had 401 at-bats that year but never got as many in any other season in his career.
After playing for a decade in the majors, infielder Grammas was a manager in the Chicago Cubs' organization in 1964 and also a major league coach, as the team was rotating its field staff as part of the College of Coaches experiment. He joined the Pittsburgh Pirates coaching staff in 1965 and remained with them through 1969, when he also managed the club for five games at the end of the season. From 1970 to 1975, he was a Cincinnati Reds coach before a two-year stint as skipper of the Milwaukee Brewers.
While with the Brewers, he managed the young shortstop Robin Yount, and home run champion Hank Aaron for his last season. However, the Brewers finished last in both 1976 and 1977, and he was dismissed in favor of George Bamberger, who turned the team around the next season.
He returned to the Reds coaching staff in 1978 before spending 1979 with the Atlanta Braves. From 1980 to 1991, Grammas was a Detroit Tigers coach on Sparky Anderson's staff - the third time he had worked with the Hall of Fame manager.
|Pittsburgh Pirates Manager
|Milwaukee Brewers Manager
Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1964||Fort Worth Cats||Texas League||51-89||6th||Chicago Cubs|
|1969||Pittsburgh Pirates||National League||4-1||3rd||Pittsburgh Pirates||replaced Larry Shepard (84-73) on September 26|
|1976||Milwaukee Brewers||American League||66-95||6th||Milwaukee Brewers|
|1977||Milwaukee Brewers||American League||67-95||6th||Milwaukee Brewers|
- Maxwell Kates: "Alex Grammas", in Mark Pattison and David Raglin, ed.: Detroit Tigers 1984: What A Start! What A Finish!, SABR Publications, Phoenix, AZ, 2012, pp. 199-203. ISBN 1933599448