- 3B, SS, 2B
- April 3, 1926
- 175 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-13-1954 with SLN
'''Alexander Peter Grammas''' (April 3, 1926- ) is a former Major League infielder and baseball manager. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Grammas played in the National League for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs. He finished his career with a .969 overall fielding percentage. He was not usually an everyday player, playing as a reserve with the Reds and Cubs.
Grammas served as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1965 through 1969. He began his managerial career , when he was brought in to finish out the Pirates' 1969 season after Larry Shepard was fired as the team's manager. Although Alex guided the Bucs a 4-1 finish, Danny Murtaugh took over as the team's manager in 1970. In 1976, he managed the Milwaukee Brewers, leading them to two last place finishes. He ended his managerial career with a record of 137-191. Alex was also a longtime coach under the legendary Sparky Anderson with the Reds from 1970 to 1975 and in 1978, and with the Detroit Tigers from 1980 to 1991. Grammas also coached for the Atlanta Braves in 1979.
Grammas family origins are from Agios Dimitrios near Sparta, Greece.http://www.baseballacropolis.org/didyouknow.htm
- "I went to Greece in 1992 for the first time, and I liked Greece very much," said Alex. "All my life my father was telling me good things about Greece. When he was talking, I was laughing, but when I saw with my own eyes, I realized he hadn't said enough about Greece. I love Greece very much. In 1992, we stayed about three weeks. I am gonna tell you, when I walked up to the Acropolis and saw the Parthenon, the hairs on my head were standing straight up. I couldn't believe it.http://www.aegeanbooks.com/excerpts/body_excerpts.html#ab
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- Alex Grammas, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Danny Murtaugh, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Sparky Anderson, St. Louis Cardinals