, Muskogee, OK

March 7, 2013

Ex-Poke star dies at 80

Phoenix Staff Reports

— STILLWATER — Former Oklahoma A&M baseball star Tom Borland passed away last weekend at the age of 80.

The native of McAlester  was a left-handed pitcher for the Aggies from 1953-1955. He was the second baseball All-American in Oklahoma State history. He helped lead the Aggies to back-to-back College World Series appearances in 1954 and 1955 and was named the CWS Most Valuable Player in 1955.

Borland (19-2) ranks fifth on the school’s all-time strikeouts list with 271 and pitched in 27 games in 1960-61 with the Boston Red Sox.

A memorial service for Borland will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Stillwater. He is survived by his wife, Eileen, four children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.