Frank Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago, his family said.
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.
The road leading to Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile is Bolling Brothers Blvd. Aaron is from the city and was Bolling's longtime Braves teammate, and they occasionally would visit over the years when the Hall of Famer returned to his hometown. Last year, Bolling was added to the Wall of Honor at Miller Park in Milwaukee. He punctuated the tribute by throwing out the first ball before the Brewers hosted Philadelphia.
Years after he retired, Bolling kept playing. Boosted by a grant from Major League Baseball and working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, he created a league for physically and mentally challenged kids in Mobile. "He loved being out there with them, he would do anything for them," Chris Bolling said. "There were children in wheelchairs, kids he would help run the bases. It was amazing to watch."The program grew beyond the city on the Alabama Gulf Coast."It caught on and spread to other parts of the country," son-in-law Sam Yarbrough said. "That was Frank. He was just a good guy."