Stanley George Bordagaray
Weight 175 lb.
School California State
Debut April 17, 1934
Final Game September 30, 1945
Born January 3, 1910 in Coalinga, CA
Died April 13, 2001 in Ventura, CA
Stanley George "Frenchy" Bordagaray (3 January 1910-April 14, 2000) was a major-league baseball player for eleven seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Brooklyn Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Yankees.
Born in Coalinga, California, Bordagaray lettered in four sports at Fresno State College (later renamed California State University, Fresno) before making his professional baseball debut in 1931 with the Sacramento Solons of the Pacific Coast League. He moved to the majors in 1934 and played until 1945. Over his career, Bordagaray hit .283 with 13 home runs and 270 RBIs in 2,632 at-bats. He played in two World Series--with the Reds in 1939 and the Yankees in 1941.
Bordagaray sported a mustache--common among 19th century ballplayers and also in later decades of the 20th century, but almost unheard of during his era.
After his baseball career, Bordagaray owned restaurants and clubs in St. Louis and Kansas City and developed land as cemeteries in the Midwest. In 1961 he moved to Ventura, California, where he was supervisor of youth sports and recreation programs.
December 3, 1936: Traded by the Brooklyn Dodgers with Jimmy Jordan and Dutch Leonard to the St. Louis Cardinals for Tom Winsett.
December 8, 1938: Traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Cincinnati Reds for Dusty Cooke.
January 27, 1940: Sent by the Cincinnati Reds to the New York Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on August 5, 1939. The Cincinnati Reds sent players to be named later and $40000 cash to the New York Yankees for Vince DiMaggio. The Cincinnati Reds sent Frenchy Bordagaray (January 27, 1940) and Nino Bongiovanni (January 27, 1940) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.
March 23, 1942: Purchased by the Brooklyn Dodgers from the New York Yankees.
March 18, 1946: Released by the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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