MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Members of a Milwaukee Braves fan club haven’t forgotten the former Braves second baseman.
“And this is the shortstop, a guy named Billy Martin.”
87-year-old Frank Bolling is still having a love affair with the game of baseball.
“Old Hartwell Field, when I was a kid we use to go there and try and get a foul ball, you get the ball and you can go in the stadium free if you caught the ball,” says Bolling.
Frank is one of Mobile’s baseball legends, and there are many, just ask Frank.
“Hank Aaron and I came the same year, in ’54, he started and then right after him we had a guy named Willie McCovey come up, he was the Rookie of the Year. We had another guy come up named Billy Williams, he was the Rookie of the year. Agee, Jones and Amos Otis all played for the New York Mets when they won the World Series, the whole outfield three Mobilians!”
Frank played in the big leagues 12 seasons, he started in Detroit and played for the Braves in Milwaukee and Atlanta.
“Milwaukee has a history of being one of the best cities in attendance and the Braves decided they wanted to go to Atlanta because of the revenue from television,” says Bolling.
One of Frank’s biggest moments came in the last game at Milwaukee County Stadium in 1965, when Frank hit his first, and only grand slam and it was delivered by hall of gamer Sandy Koufax.
“Sandy got a little wild, 3 and 0, 3 and 1 and I come in there and closed my eyes and swung and there it went, no it was a thrill.”
Frank was teammates with Hank Aaron for 6 seasons and watching his friend become a home run king is still fresh in his mind.
“Hank Aaron would just go out and hit home runs and steal bases and do everything like it was nothing!”
Frank and his late brother Milt put the Bolling name in headlines and on street signs leading into Hank Aaron stadium, seeing another Bears team hit the road is tough to watch.
“it’s a baseball town in one respect, but today it’s really not, it’s a football town, you know that.”
Pictures memorabilia and plenty of stories about baseball a half a century ago, a Milwaukee Braves fan club will honor the former 2nd basemen next as he takes his place on the wall of fame Brewers Stadium.
“It’s going to be a bronze picture of me, a plaque, it will be there forever, I guess.”