Last to hit grand slam off Ko­ufax

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION | WORLD -

MO­BILE, Ala. — Frank Bolling, a twotime All-Star sec­ond base­man and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Ko­ufax, has died. He was 88.

Mr. Bolling died Saturday. He was di­ag­nosed with can­cer about five years ago, his fam­ily said.

Mr. Bolling played 12 sea­sons in the ma­jors, six with Detroit and six with the Braves, and hit .254 with 106 home runs. He won a Gold Glove in 1958 with the Tigers and for part of that sea­son, his dou­ble-play part­ner was his older brother, short­stop Milt Bolling.

Mr. Bolling was traded to the Mil­wau­kee Braves af­ter the 1960 sea­son in a deal for out­fielder Bill Bru­ton and be­came an Al­lS­tar in 1961 and 1962. In those days, there were two All-Star Games each sea­son, and he started both the first year and twice was a sub­sti­tute the next sea­son.

In 1965, Mr. Bolling hit the sixth and fi­nal grand slam that Ko­ufax al­lowed, con­nect­ing at County Sta­dium in Mil­wau­kee.

Mr. Bolling missed the 1955 sea­son while serv­ing in the U.S. Army and re­turned to the ma­jors the next year.


Braves sec­ond base­man Frank Bolling (2) throws the ball against the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates dur­ing the first big-league game in At­lanta on April 12, 1966.

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