Hometown Heroes
19
OCT
2008

Legendary Coach Survived Okinawa

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LISTEN to Len Bourdet on Hometown Heroes
Malcom “Len” Bourdet of Fresno, CA appears on episode #46 of Hometown Heroes, debuting October 19, 2008. Serving with the 96th Infantry Division, Bourdet was a replacement at the Battle of Okinawa. Returning home after the war, he would play basketball and baseball at Fresno State, and spend several years in the minor leagues. A shortstop, he lost out by one vote for the 1952 Northern League All-Star team. Listen to the program to find out which Baseball Hall of Famer edged him out for that spot.
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Like so many proteges of legendary Fresno State coach Pete Beiden, Bourdet became a successful coach as well, winning four state championships and 15 conference titles in his 31-year tenure at Fresno City College, where he coached future major leaguers like Tom Seaver, Dick Selma, Jim Maloney, and Mark Gardner, among others.
Paul Loeffler

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