Bill Bordley's induction into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame this past weekend recognized one aspect of a colorful life that has spanned the decades and taken him to the heights of the baseball world, to a career with the Secret Service, and to his current roles with the Knights of Columbus as director of security operations.
"Bill Bordley not only works for the Knights of Columbus, he is also a brother Knight who reflects the values of a Catholic gentleman and is an example for other Knights and men who may aspire to be Knights," said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.
Anderson described Bordley as "a natural ambassador" for the fraternal organization to the world of sports.
Bordley graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, Calif., and was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1976. He chose, however, to enroll at the University of Southern California where he posted a 26-2 career pitching record for a .929 career winning percentage that remains a USC record.
In his freshman year with the Trojans, Bordley was undefeated with a 14-0 record. His freshman strikeout record would stand until broken by Tim Lincecum in 2004. Bordley led the Trojans to the 1978 College World Series and the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in the same year. The lefty won the final game of the 1978 College World Series, keeping Arizona State University scoreless into the 8th inning.
Bordley signed as an amateur free agent with the San Francisco Giants in 1979. He spent one full year at the major league level with the Giants in 1980. Although his career was cut short by arm troubles, Bordley was originally drafted ahead of such standouts as Mike Scioscia, Alan Trammell and Rickey Henderson. His brief MLB career included a victory over Tom Seaver and a strikeout of Johnny Bench in a memorable at bat.
Bordley returned to USC where he joined the baseball coaching staff and completed a finance degree.
He then joined the Secret Service and served in the agency's presidential detail from 1995 to 2000. Later he served in Russia as the service's resident attache agent in charge.
Shortly after the World Series in 2011, Major League Baseball named Bordley its vice president of security and facility management. The assignment brought him back into contact with a host of old baseball friends, and allowed him to make new ones.
One of those friends, Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle praised Bordley as a "transformational leader."
Hurdle, the 2013 Sporting News National League Manager of Year, said Bordley's "faith is bold and his heart is humble."
Bordley is married and lives with his family in Fairfiel County, and is a member of the St Thomas More Knights of Columbus Council 13500 in New Haven.