The Obit For Frenchy Bordagaray

Saturday, April 15, 2000

Stanley G. Bordagaray; Baseball Player

     Stanley G. "Frenchy" Bordagaray, a former major league baseball player,
died Thursday after a long illness. He was 90.
     He was born Jan. 3, 1910, in Coalinga, the middle of seven children of
Dominique and Louise Bordagaray, who were original settlers in the San
Joaquin Valley.
     Later he attended Fresno State University where he was a four-sport
letterman and played on the school's first undefeated football team in 1929.
In 1962, he was inducted into the Fresno County Sports Hall of Fame.
     His baseball career began in the Pacific Coast League in 1930. He went
on to play for the Chicago White Sox, Brooklyn Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals,
Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees. A lifetime .284 hitter, he was known
for his speed, spark, and pinch-hitting skills (.312 lifetime). He played in
two World Series, one with the '39 Reds and the other with the victorious
'41 Yankees. He was admitted into the Brooklyn Dodger Hall of Fame in 1995.
     Other past professions included restaurateur and club owner in St.
Louis and Kansas City and a developer of 15 cemeteries throughout the
     In 1961, he moved his family from Kansas City to Ventura. He became
Ventura's sports and recreation department supervisor and established a
youth sports program for the community. After a brief retirement he went
back to work for Ventura's parks department and helped build El Camino Real
field. In 1986, he was admitted to the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame.
     Bordagaray is survived by his wife of 58 years, Victoria; sons
Christopher of Seattle, Wash., and Stan Jr. of Palo Alto; daughters Stanna
of Lindsay and Germaine of Ventura; seven grandchildren and six great
     Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Joseph Reardon Funeral Home.
A rosary recitation will follow at 7 p.m.
     Funeral Mass is scheduled at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Catholic
Church in Coalinga.
     Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Assn., 2630
Saddle Ave., Suite 101, Oxnard, CA 93030.
     Arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph Reardon Funeral Home
in Ventura.