Alex Grammas, mainstay of Big Red Machine as coach, dies at 93

From Dave Clark at the Cincinnati Enquirer on September 14, 2019:

Alex Grammas, a former Cincinnati Reds player and coach who served as third base coach under manager Sparky Anderson of the Big Red Machine during the 1970s, died at age 93, per Hall of Famer Johnny Bench via Twitter in addition to the Reds’ radio and television broadcasts of Saturday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Marty Brennaman, in his 46th and final season as the legendary play-by-play voice of the Reds on 700 WLW, said during Saturday’s broadcast – as he’s indicated previously – that Grammas was as great a third base coach as any he saw.

Jim Day and Chris Welsh also remembered Grammas during the television broadcast on FOX Sports Ohio.

“One of the most respected baseball men you’d ever want to meet in his era,” Welsh said of Grammas.

“As the third base coach of the Big Red Machine, he probably had to ice his arm a few times waving around so many runners,” Day added. “Certainly our thoughts go out to the Grammas family – sorry to hear that.”

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Originally published: September 16, 2019. Last Updated: September 16, 2019.