Last to hit grand slam off Koufax
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.