Today we celebrate the Happy Baseball Birthday! of former big league infielder Milt Bolling.
Milton Joseph Bolling was born on August 9, 1930, in Mississippi City, Mississippi.
Milt attended McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile, where he played baseball with his brother Frank.
Milt signed as an amateur free agent with the Boston Red Sox in 1948 and made his big league debut at the age of 22 on September 10, 1952.
As in high school, Milt gets the chance to play with brother Frank, with the Detroit Tigers when he's sent to the Tigers in 1958.
For 24 games he and Frank were the double play combo at second base and shortstop.
In his big league career Milt Bolling played in exactly 400 ballgames, batting .241, with 19 home runs, 50 doubles, 7 triples, 280 hits, in 1,181 games.
Milt played his final game in the big leagues on July 28, 1958 with the Detroit Tigers.
Milt passed away at the age of 82 on January 19, 2013, in Mobile, Alabama.
Today's Happy Baseball Birthday ballplayers...
59 baseball related people have birthdays today, beginning with Jake Wells, a 5' 11" 167 lb catcher who was born on August 9, 1863, in Memphis, Tennessee.
Jake played two big league seasons, in 1888 with the defending World Series Champion Detroit Wolverines, and in 1890 with the American Association St. Louis Browns.
Other notable big league ballplayers born on August 9 include Ralph Houk, Claude Osteen, Tommie Agee, Ted Simmons, Steve Swisher, Troy Percival, and Steven Moya, born August 9, 1991.
A big Happy Baseball Birthday! to Milt Bolling and all the big league ballplayers born today!