with a nickname like 'frenchy', one might think that stanley george bordagaray was from france or quebec or maybe even louisiana. nope, he was from central california, although he did become a player-manager in quebec after his big league playing days were over. before that, however, bordagaray played for the dodgers. twice.
here's the only card i have of bordagaray in a dodger uniform - his 1990 target card
the reds couldn't beat the yankees, so bordagaray joined them the following season (although he was traded, so i don't think he had much say in the matter). the first player that i knew of to make this sort of move was tommy john who went to the yankees prior to the 1979 season after losing two world series in a row to them with the dodgers. anyway, bordagaray was with the yankees when they beat the dodgers in the 1941 world series and then the following spring had his contract purchased by the dodgers. this scenario was repeated in my youth when gary thomasson helped the yankees beat the dodgers in the 1978 world series, and then joined the dodgers for the following season to rub it in.
in his second stint with the dodgers, which lasted four seasons, bordagaray hit .278 over 330 games. he eventually returned to the central coast of california following his baseball career and turn as a developer of cemeteries in the midwest to work for the city of ventura parks department. bordagaray passed away in 2000 at the age of 90.