McFarland, Edward (Bo) (1989)
Edward James McFarland An outstanding three-sport athlete at Scarborough High School, “Bo” McFarland was a free agent selection of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965 after hitting .453 for the Redskins, but elected to attend Bowdoin College.
At Bowdoin, McFarland followed his father, Packy, who had captained the Polar Bears’ first formal basketball team in 1946-47.
When he graduated in 1969, McFarland held numerous college scoring records and established five New England Small College records. He was named New England Small College Basketball Player of the Year in 1969.
Captain of basketball and baseball at Bowdoin, McFarland was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1969 and was also on the draft list of the New York Knicks and Oakland Oaks.
At Scarborough, McFarland was a Triple-C all-star selection in basketball and baseball, won the Pierre Harnois Trophy in 1964 as Most Valuable Player in the Western Maine Basketball tournament and was voted to the Randolph Hearst New England All-Star baseball Team in 1964-65.
McFarland played American Legion Baseball for Manchester Post which won three consecutive state championships. He batted .387 tor 47 games.
in 1965, McFarland was one of 35 players selected for the 20th Annual Boston Record American-Sunday Advertiser Sandlot Baseball Tournament. At Bowdoin he was Maine’s Athlete of the year in 1968 and Governor Kenneth Curtis proclaimed a special day in his honor.
That year he was all-star second baseman in the Cape Cod League, Comprised of the best college players in the country. All New England in the College Division in 1968-69 in basketball, he was recipient of the Wooten Spoon Award presented by vote of the Bowdoin Junior class to the most respected and popular member of the class.
After Bowdoin, where he hit .328 in his senior year, McFarland played at Corning, N.Y. in the New York-Penn League and Waterloo in the Midwest League in the Kansas City organization.
His second season was interrupted by a six-month tour of duty in the Army Reserves. McFarland had been invited to Kansas City’s instructional League, but the Army had first priority.
Joining the team in midseason, McFarland hit .220 and that fall accepted a position as head basketball coach at Morse High School.
McFarland is the second baseman on Maine’s All-Time High School Team and All-Time College Team chosen this year by the Maine Sunday Telegram.
McFarland was a stellar baseball player while at Bowdoin, earning All-New England honors and batting .328 while serving as captain his senior season. He was a two-time All-Maine selection and earned All-Star status while playing in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 1968. Following graduation, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and played in their minor-league system for several seasons. Maine sportswriters in 1968 named McFarland winner of the Governor's Trophy as Maine's outstanding athlete. In 1989, the Portland Press Herald named McFarland to its Maine All-Time College Baseball Team. McFarland has been inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame (1989), and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame (1993) .