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Milt Bolling

Milton Joseph Bolling

Born: 8/9/1930 in Mississippi City, MS USA
Died: 1/19/2013 in Mobile, AL USA
Bats: R   Throws: R
Height: 6.1   Weight: 177 lb.
Milt Bolling of the Detroit Tigers
Tiger Years
1958 — 1958

Detroit Tigers jersey #23

PRIMARY POSITION

SS

Player Bio | Stats

Milt Bolling and his brother Frank played baseball together growing up in Alabama and then had careers in the major leagues at the same time. Milt was a second baseman and younger brother Frank was a shortstop, but ironically, the two never played together as a double play duo except for a handful of games in 1958 with the Detroit Tigers.

The two were one year apart in high school and spent three years together on the varsity team at McGill High in Mobile, but Frank was an outfielder/second baseman and Milt played third in high school. Then the two were both at Spring Hill College for two years, but Frank played college ball and Milt signed a pro contract with the Boston Red Sox and was ineligible. Frank was drafted by the Tigers, and it wasn't until 1958 when Detroit acquired Milt that the two played the keystone together.

For about a week in late April in 1958, the brothers played together, with Frank leading off and Milt hitting second. But Billy Martin was the starting shortstop for the Bengals, and when he returned to the lineup, Milt was relegated to the bench until his release in late July.

Milt was essentially a utility infielder during his big league career, never really hitting enough to justify a regular job. Frank was a very good second baseman who made the All-Star team twice, won a Gold Glove Award, and earned MVP votes twice with the Tigers.

Career Record

YearTeam LgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1952BOSAL113648101301350.2220.2820.333000
1953BOSAL10932330851215281423410.2630.3180.3534313
1954BOSAL11337042922036362447550.2490.3370.36834133
1955BOSAL6501000000010.2000.2000.20000200
1956BOSAL45118192532380118200.2120.3190.34731311
1957BOSAL1100000000000.0000.0000.00010000
1957WSHAL9127729631214192218590.2270.2770.321122430
1958DETAL243136200000570.1940.3060.25800100

Totals400116112728050719945121141880.2410.3130.34523103671
Per 16216247051113203838254676941530
DET243136200000570.1940.3060.25800100