Milt Bolling

Milt Bolling

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, 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.