Bordick among 7 to be inducted


Former Major League All-Star shortstop Mike Bordick headlines seven athletes named to the Class of 2006 for the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Monday, June 4, at the Bangor Motor Inn Convention Center.

Bordick, who played baseball at Hampden Academy and the University of Maine, enjoyed a 14-year career with the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays.

A career .260 hitter, Bordick’s best season came in 2000 when he batted .285 with 20 home runs and 80 RBIs and was named to the American League All-Star team. In his first season as the starting shortstop for Oakland in 1992, Bordick batted .300.

His strength as a defensive player forced Baltimore to shift Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. to third base when Bordick arrived in Baltimore in 1997. Bordick went on to set major-league records for consecutive games by a shortstop without an error (110) and consecutive chances (544).

Bordick retired after the 2003 season with Toronto and works for the club as an instructor.

The rest of the Class of 2006 includes:

• Richard Barstow – The girls’ basketball coach at Katahdin won 646 games and four state championships. During one stretch, his teams won 84 consecutive games.

• James Hernandez – The Presque Isle resident is a seven-time national AAU sombo wrestling champion.

• Brian Higgins – A soccer coach at Ellsworth for 32 years, Hernandez has a career record of 418-84-38. His teams have captured 14 regional titles and four state championships.

• Irving Kagan – Called the father of freestyle skiing, Kagan was one of the driving forces behind the inclusion of the sport in the Olympics. A founding trustee of Carrabassett Valley Academy, Kagan died in Orono last year at age 76.

• Roger Reed – The boys’ basketball coach at Bangor has compiled a record of 365-75 in 21 seasons, including six Class A state championships.

• Peter Webb – The commissioner of Maine basketball officials has worked 2,073 high school and college games during his 42-year career. Webb has also officiated baseball games for 44 years, totaling 1,028 games.

Tickets for the June 4 induction ceremony and banquet are available from Bill Daviero at 899-0569.