Frank Bolling Stats

Frank Bolling was born on Monday, November 16, 1931, in Mobile, Alabama. Bolling was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 13, 1954, with the Detroit Tigers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Frank Bolling baseball stats page.

"Basically the same player as Bill Mazeroski , except that Mazeroski's career was four years longer and he was just a hair quicker on the double play. Bolling was damn good, though. Bolling was always perceived, perhaps unfairly, as a player of unlimited ability. Tom Meany in the May, 1961, edition of Sport Magazine recalled that Harry Craft had once invited a group of reporters to name the five most talented players in the American League. The reporters suggested ( Mickey ) Mantle and ( Al ) Kaline . 'If you're all through,' Craft said when they were, 'I've got my man. Frank Bolling, the Tigers second baseman. He's magnificent. He can become one of the big men in the game.'" - Baseball Historian Bill James in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract (Free Press Publishing, June 2003, Top 100 Second Baseman. #65 Frank Bolling , Page 523)
Frank Bolling

Frank Bolling Autograph on a 1962 Topps Baseball Card (#130 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1962top01' title='1962 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Frank Bolling Autograph on a 1962 Topps Baseball Card (#130 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Frank Elmore Bolling
Nickname:
None
Born On:
11-16-1931  (Scorpio)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Mobile, Alabama
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
McGill-Toolen Catholic High School (Mobile, AL)
College:
Spring Hill College
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
175
First Game:
04-13-1954 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-15-1966
Draft:
Not Applicable
Frank Bolling

Frank Bolling Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Frank Bolling

Frank Bolling Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1954 23 Tigers 117 368 46 87 15 2 6 0 38 36 - 51 6 3 0 5 .236 .302 .337
1956 25 Tigers 102 366 53 103 21 7 7 0 45 42 1 51 7 5 2 4 .281 .354 .434
1957 26 Tigers 146 576 72 149 27 6 15 0 40 57 3 64 8 1 2 15 .259 .327 .405
1958 27 Tigers 154 610 91 164 25 4 14 0 75 54 1 54 4 9 4 9 .269 .328 .392
1959 28 Tigers 127 459 56 122 18 3 13 0 55 45 2 37 7 2 7 6 .266 .339 .403
1960 29 Tigers 139 536 64 136 20 4 9 0 59 40 2 48 6 0 2 10 .254 .308 .356
1961 30 Braves 148 585 86 153 16 4 15 0 56 57 1 62 10 3 3 25 .262 .329 .379
1962 31 Braves 122 406 45 110 17 4 9 0 43 35 3 45 4 3 4 7 .271 .333 .399
1963 32 Braves 142 542 73 132 18 2 5 0 43 41 3 47 17 3 3 11 .244 .299 .312
1964 33 Braves 120 352 35 70 11 1 5 0 34 21 3 44 8 4 2 8 .199 .245 .278
1965 34 Braves 148 535 55 141 26 3 7 1 50 24 6 41 17 1 0 11 .264 .295 .363
1966 35 Braves 75 227 16 48 7 0 1 0 18 10 3 14 3 4 1 3 .211 .244 .256
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
12 Years 1,540 5,562 692 1,415 221 40 106 1 556 462 28 558 97 38 30 114 .254 .313 .366
Frank Bolling

Frank Bolling Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1954 Tigers 2B 113 100 2,712 493 4.4 480 248 232 13 54 n/a n/a n/a .974 4.78
1956 Tigers 2B 102 99 2,675 494 4.8 483 223 260 11 72 n/a n/a n/a .978 4.88
1957 Tigers 2B 146 144 3,976 811 5.6 795 394 401 16 112 n/a n/a n/a .980 5.40
1958 Tigers 2B 154 154 4,051 799 5.2 787 342 445 12 109 n/a n/a n/a .985 5.25
1959 Tigers 2B 126 126 3,333 629 5.0 621 281 340 8 81 n/a n/a n/a .987 5.03
1960 Tigers 2B 138 137 3,690 769 5.6 752 375 377 17 93 n/a n/a n/a .978 5.50
1961 Braves 2B 148 145 3,922 825 5.6 815 326 489 10 112 n/a n/a n/a .988 5.61
1962 Braves 2B 119 112 2,941 556 4.7 550 252 298 6 70 n/a n/a n/a .989 5.05
1963 Braves 2B 141 137 3,711 719 5.1 705 326 379 14 107 n/a n/a n/a .981 5.13
1964 Braves 2B 117 94 2,605 474 4.1 467 212 255 7 68 n/a n/a n/a .985 4.84
1965 Braves 2B 147 141 3,800 720 4.9 703 310 393 17 90 n/a n/a n/a .976 5.00
1966 Braves 2B 67 57 1,534 289 4.3 284 134 150 5 35 n/a n/a n/a .983 5.00
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
2B Totals 1,518 1,446 38,950 7,578 5.0 7,442 3,423 4,019 136 1,003 n/a n/a n/a .982 5.16
12 Years 1,518 1,446 38,950 7,578 5.0 7,442 3,423 4,019 136 1,003 n/a n/a n/a .982 5.16
Frank Bolling

Frank Bolling Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1954 Tigers 3 5 .375 3 4 n/a 61.3 7.2 9.7 - - -
1956 Tigers 6 2 .750 0 0 n/a 52.3 7.2 8.1 - - -
1957 Tigers 4 9 .308 0 0 n/a 38.4 9.0 14.4 - - -
1958 Tigers 6 4 .600 0 0 n/a 43.6 11.3 8.1 - - -
1959 Tigers 2 2 .500 1 0 n/a 35.3 12.4 8.3 - - -
1960 Tigers 7 4 .636 1 0 n/a 59.6 11.2 9.1 - - -
1961 Braves 7 3 .700 0 0 n/a 39.0 9.4 10.4 - - -
1962 Braves 2 2 .500 5 0 n/a 45.1 9.0 9.4 - - -
1963 Braves 2 1 .667 1 2 n/a 108.4 11.5 12.6 - - -
1964 Braves 0 1 .000 8 1 n/a 70.4 8.0 10.4 - - -
1965 Braves 0 4 .000 2 1 n/a 76.4 13.0 10.7 - - -
1966 Braves 1 1 .500 11 0 n/a 227.0 16.2 12.6 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
12 Years 40 38 .513 32 8 n/a 52.5 10.0 10.0 - - -
Frank Bolling

Frank Bolling Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1954 Detroit Tigers 15 , 40 Undetermined - -
1956 Detroit Tigers 24 Undetermined - -
1957 Detroit Tigers 24 Undetermined - -
1958 Detroit Tigers 2 Undetermined - -
1959 Detroit Tigers 2 Undetermined - -
1960 Detroit Tigers 2 Undetermined - -
1961 Milwaukee Braves 2 Undetermined Stats -
1962 Milwaukee Braves 2 Undetermined Stats -
1963 Milwaukee Braves 2 Undetermined - -
1964 Milwaukee Braves 2 Undetermined - -
1965 Milwaukee Braves 2 Undetermined - -
1966 Atlanta Braves 2 Undetermined - -


In 1958, Frank Bolling led all American League second baseman in assists (445), taking his position in 154 games (second most), recording 342 putouts (third most), and turning 109 double plays (third most). His fielding percentage (.985) was also tops in the junior circuit, earning him a Gold Glove Award , the first ever won by a Detroit Tigers second baseman. Do you remember who was second? [ Answer ]

On April 12, 1966 , Frank Bolling jogged out onto the field in Atlanta Stadium, took his customary position at second base, joining Tony Cloninger (P), Joe Torre (C), Lee Thomas (1B), Eddie Mathews (3B), Denis Menke (SS), Rico Carty (LF), Felipe Alou (CF), and Hank Aaron (RF) - the first players to take the field in Atlanta Braves uniforms .

Did you know that Frank Bolling was a career second baseman? Why did we italicize career, or even mention this as a did you know? Because Frank never played another defensive position in his career, appearing on the field 1,518 times, only at second base - the thirty-sixth most games played at second base in baseball history. The only players who ever took the field at second more often than Frank, who also never played another defensive position, were Luis Castillo (1,683), Larry Doyle (1,728), Bobby Doerr (1,852), and Lou Whitaker (2,308).

Last-Modified: December 21, 2018 5:08 AM EST

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