The good-fielding Grammas barely hit enough to stay in the lineup, but was the Cardinals'
everyday shortstop in 1954, 1955, and again in 1959. In between, he was a reserve
with the Reds. His best average as a regular was .269 in 1959. He was the Pirate
coach chosen to manage the last five games in 1969 after Larry Shepard was fired,
and he piloted the Brewers to the basement in 1976 and 1977. He coached for Sparky
Anderson in Cincinnati and Detroit.
»May 10, 1961: The Cardinals tie a major-league record when three pinch hitters -- Charlie James, Don Taussig, and Alex Grammas -- strike out in the 9th inning against the Reds. Cincinnati's Bill Henry pitches just the 9th to save the 3–2 win, the Reds' 9th in a row.