Frank Bolling

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Frank Elmore Bolling

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Biographical Information[edit]

Frank Bolling was a steady second baseman for a dozen seasons in the majors from 1954 to 1966. He first came up with the Detroit Tigers in 1954 after hitting .318 for the Buffalo Bisons in the International League.

He spent 1955 in the Military, returning a couple of months into the 1956 season and hitting a career high .281 in 102 games. He then settled into the Motor City and won a Gold Glove for fielding in 1958

He was briefly teamed with his brother, shortstop Milt Bolling, as the double-play combination in Detroit in 1958. Their uncle, Jack Bolling, hit .313 in 125 games as a first baseman with the 1939 Philadelphia Phillies and the 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers.

Bolling played his entire major league career with two teams, the Detroit Tigers and the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves. He was involved in a six-player trade between those two teams before the 1961 season, going to the Braves along with a prospect for Bill Bruton and three other players.

After he retired Bolling, a 1953 graduate of Spring Hill College, returned to his native Mobile, AL, where he got involved in charity work and started a baseball league for physically or mentally challenged youth, the Frank Bolling Adaptive Baseball League. This was the first league of its kind, and now there are a number of such leagues across the country.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time NL All-Star (1961 & 1962)
  • AL Gold Glove Award Winner (1958)

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