Death notice of Sid Bordman (1923 – 2021) – Overland Park, KS

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Sid bordman
October 25, 1923 – December 20, 2021
Overland Park, Kansas – Sid Bordman was born on October 25, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Central High School in 1941 and Rockhurst College in 1954.
Sid met Theresa Barbara Maasen at a basketball game at the Redemptorist Catholic Church and they were married at St. Vincent Catholic Church on February 1, 1951. They lived in Overland Park, where they raised their four. children. Theresa died in June 2008.
Sid was a convert to Catholicism, being baptized in St. Vincent in 1950. He was a very devout Catholic and never missed mass, even when he was on the road to cover baseball.
Sid is survived by his four children, Janice Biggs (Pete), Stephen Bordman, Barbara Helm (Ron) and Ted Bordman (Rhonda), four grandchildren, Robert O’Connor (Lisa), Catie Biggs, Kelly O’Connor (Jennifer Van Meter), Maggie Hergott (Nathan), two great-grandchildren, Harriet and Frances O’Connor, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Sid enlisted in the United States Army in May 1943 and served in the Corps of Engineers until February 1946. He was stationed in Guadalcanal, the Philippines and Japan. Sid was offered an adjudicator’s commission to stay in the military for the occupation of Japan, but he refused. It was time to come home and resume work working for the Kansas City Blues, a New York Yankees minor league farm team.
In 1939, Sid was selling newspapers near the municipal stadium, and the manager of the Blues clubhouse told Sid to “get rid of these newspapers because you are going to be the drummer on the visiting team.” The Blues won the game and Sid was hired. He remained the batboy for visiting teams until he entered service in 1943. After leaving the military, Sid returned to the Blues and became their clubhouse manager. During his time with the Blues, Sid developed many close friendships. Sid has remained particularly close to Phil Rizzuto, aka “The Scooter”. Phil always visited Sid’s family when the Yankees were in town.
Sid spent 34 years working for the Kansas City Star and The Times. Although he has covered many professional and college sports, his true love and passion has always been baseball. Theresa usually accompanied Sid to the Royals’ spring training. They enjoyed their trips to Florida and even bought a small trailer to live on during this time. Some of the many highlights of Sid’s career included coverage of the Royals’ first All-Star Game in 1973 and the 1985 World Series. Not only did he cover baseball, but he was also an official league scorer. American League. Sid has “lived” baseball!
Sid also worked as Director of Sports Information for Rockhurst College from 1987 to 2005 and was inducted into the Rockhurst College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Later in Sid’s career, he agreed to help coach a women’s softball team called the “Ghosts”. These girls admired Sid and learned so much! He was their infielder coach, and his favorite line was “again, girls! His drills proved successful as they went undefeated for four years.
In retirement, Sid stayed active and went to the stadium whenever he could. He played golf, walked to the mall most days, and met his local baseball “buddies” for Friday morning breakfast at the Bob Evans or the Village Inn. Sid has remained close to several of his childhood friends. He always talked and sometimes had lunch with his childhood best friend, Don Sarver. Sid was a loyal man.
Sid and four of his closest Kansas City Star friends met every week at Governor Stumpy’s and there they decided to write a book about the history of Major League Baseball in Kansas City from 1955 to 1985. The Worst of the Worst at first was a real labor of love and Sid was so happy when they were working on the book. He loved the book signing events they had and was always eager to sign a book for someone.
Sid has lived at the Overland Park Atriums for the past four years. He entertained the staff with his baseball stories. If you loved listening to his baseball stories, you were immediately his friend.
The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff at The Atriums, especially Susan, Tammy, Marla, Missy and all of the other special staff on the assisted living floor.
Sid was predeceased by his parents, Beril and Bessie Rose Bordman, and his sister, Mildred Formby.
Services: Visits on December 28 at 4:30 p.m. with rosary at 6 p.m. Holy Cross Catholic Church in Overland Park. Funeral Mass, December 29 at 10:00 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Rockhurst University Athletic Department, Holy Cross Catholic Church or Arcare Inc. PO Box 12890, Overland Park, KS 66282, www.arcare.org

Posted by Kansas City Star on Dec 26, 2021.

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