January 9, 1958 |
|June 30, 1980, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 9, 1980, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Earned run average||4.70|
High school and college career
Bordley attended Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, California. While there, he set school records in innings pitched, strikeouts, wins and earned run average that still stand as of 2010. His baseball jersey was retired by the school. Upon graduation, Bordley was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft. Bordley was drafted ahead of future Major League Baseball All-Stars such as Ken Landreaux, Leon Durham, Pat Tabler, Bruce Hurst, Mike Scioscia, Alan Trammell and Rickey Henderson. Bordley elected to forego the Majors, however, to attend the University of Southern California. In his freshman year with the USC Trojans baseball team, Bordley went undefeated with a 14-0 win-loss record and led the Pacific-10 Conference in strikeouts. His freshman strikeout record would stand until broken by Tim Lincecum in 2004. Bordley led the Trojans to the 1978 College World Series and subsequently the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in the same year.Bordley won the final game of the 1978 college World Series holding Arizona State University scoreless into the 8th inning. Bordley also received American Baseball Coaches Association All-American honors.
After his collegiate career, Bordley signed as an amateur free agent with the San Francisco Giants in 1979. Bordley spent one total year at the Major League level with the Giants in 1980. He appeared in his final Major League game on September 9, 1980. Bordley's finest performance came in his debut with the Giants on June 30, 1980. He appeared in the game as the Giants starting pitcher against the Cincinnati Reds. He registered a strike out against the first batter faced, Reds outfielder Dave Collins. Bordley would go on to give up 3 runs over 6 innings to earn the win over Reds pitcher and future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver. Bordley would also tally a strike out against Johnny Bench, another future Hall of Famer.
Bordley was released by the Giants in October 1982 after developing arm problems throughout 1979 and 1980. Surgery resulted in Bordley sitting out the 1981 season. He was released following a comeback attempt in the Giants minor league system in 1982.
After his baseball career came to an end, Bordley returned to USC where he earned his finance degree. In 1988, he joined the United States Secret Service. He spent 5½ years on former President Bill Clinton's detail.Mr. Bordley was compelled to testify through the Office of Independent Counsel headed by Ken Starr in the matter concerning the President and White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He served as the Resident Attaché Agent in charge for the Secret Service in Russia. Shortly after the World Series in 2011, Major League Baseball named Bordley its chief of security, officially Vice President of Security and Facility Management.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Keith, Larry (May 15, 1978). "A Dandy Not Unlike Sandy". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
- "Giants Drop Bordley". The New York Times. October 17, 1982. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
- Drooz, Alan (October 9, 1988). "Bill Bordley's Secret Life". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
- Shea, John (November 29, 2011). "Former Giant Bill Bordley is baseball top cop". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 1, 2011.