Frenchy fit Casey Stengel's Brooklyn Dodgers like fingers in a glove. Gifted but
erratic, he mixed brilliant plays with bonehead ones. He ran when he wanted, failed
to slide when he should have, and ignored signs. In 1935, he showed up at spring
training with a mustache, a no-no in those days. They made him shave it off, which
he blamed for a subsequent slump. With the Cardinals in '38, he led the league with
20 pinch hits in 43 at-bats.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»December 3, 1936: The Dodgers "sell" Frenchy Bordagaray, Dutch Leonard, and Jimmy Jordan to the Cardinals. The exchange is understood to be a continuation of the September 7th transaction, which brought the Dodgers Tom Winsett and Eddie Morgan from the Cards' AA farm team.
»March 19, 1940: In an exhibition game that might be a spring training record of sorts, the Kansas City Blues pound the Washington Senators, 22–5. The Blues collect 23 hits for 46 bases. Frenchy Bordagaray starts the scoring with a home run in the 1st; Jack Saltzgaver is 3-for-3 with three triples and five RBIs. Another familiar name, Johnny Lindell, yields three hits in three innings for the Blues.
»March 23, 1942: The Dodgers bring Frenchy Bordagaray back to Brooklyn, buying the veteran 1B from the Yankees.