Bill Bordley

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Bill Bordley
Pitcher
Born: (1958-01-09) January 9, 1958 (age 61)
Los Angeles
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 30, 1980, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 9, 1980, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record2-3
Earned run average4.70
Strikeouts11
Teams

William Clarke Bordley (born January 9, 1958) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Bordley was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2011, he was named Vice President for Major League Baseball Security investigations.

High school and college career[edit]

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. Bordley is a two time California Player of the Year and led the Knights to the 1975 State Championship at Dodger Stadium. His baseball jersey was retired by the school. Upon graduation, Bordley was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round ( 4 th pick overall)of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft. Bordley was drafted ahead of future Major League Baseball All-Stars such as Jack Morris, 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. His 26-2 record remains best in USC history. 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 received American Baseball Coaches Association and Sporting News First Team All-American honors in both 1977 and 1978. In 2014, Bordley joined Rod Dedeaux, Fred Lynn and Roy Smalley as USC’s representatives in the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

After his collegiate career, MLB Commissioner, Bowie Kuhn, found the California Angels guilty of tampering with Bordley in the January 1979 draft. A subsequent investigation allowed Bordley's rights to the San Francisco Giants. He joins Tom Seaver as the only two players ever having the Commissioner allow a player a special lottery. He signed a Major League Contract and a then record $250,000 signing bonus. In 1981, MLBPA President, Marvin Miller, successfully won an arbitration case supporting Bordley’s Major League contract and bonus were salary, resulting in additional accrued pension tenure. Bordley spent a total of one year at the Major League level with the Giants. He appeared in his final Major League game on September 9, 1980. Bordley's debut with the Giants was 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. He collected his first Major League hit off Seaver. Bordley would also tally a strike out against Johnny Bench, another future Hall of Famer. Bordley won his first two starts against the Reds and in his 3rd start in Pittsburgh, held the World Champion Pirates, to 1 earned run in 7innings. Bordley had multiple Tommy John surgeries later in 1980 and was on the Major League disabled list for most of the 1981 and 1982 seasons. He was released following a comeback attempt in the Giants minor league system in 1982. In 1983 Atlanta Brave Manager, Joe Torre, invited Bordley to Major League Spring Training.

Post-baseball career[edit]

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. 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.

External links[edit]

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors) Warning: Template:Baseballstats cube= parameter should be updated to a numeric value.
  • 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.