Edward J. McFarland '69

Edward J. McFarland '69

Few individuals can match the accomplishments of Edward "Bobo" McFarland in two sports. Playing for the Polar Bears, he became the school's all-time leading scorer in basketball and achieved such prowess on the baseball diamond that he was drafted by a major-league club.

A native of Scarborough, Maine, McFarland established his dominance first on the hardcourt. He was the first Polar Bear to score 1,300 points, graduating with 1,356, and still holds the career scoring average record, 21.9 points per game. A two-time Division III All-East and All-New England performer, McFarland still holds the all-time season-scoring average among Polar Bears for his 1968-69 season, even without the help of the three-point shot.

That season, under head basketball coach Ray Bicknell, McFarland led Bowdoin to a school-record 16 wins against just five losses. The year saw a pair of thrilling victories against the University of Maine, including an 83-80 win over the Black Bears in the season finale, earning the Polar Bears their second outright State Series crown. That magical 1968-69 season saw McFarland average an unprecedented 25.1 points per game - a mark that still stands more than 30 years later. He was honored by United Press International as New England Player of the Year.

McFarland's records have stood the test of time, as he still holds Bowdoin records in single-season and career scoring, career field goals (474) and career free throws (469). In addition, 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), the Maine Sports Hall of Fame (1993) and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame (2003).

McFarland's father, Edward J. McFarland '48, was the captain of Bowdoin's first-ever men's basketball team in the 1946-47 season. Today, McFarland resides in Northborough, Massachusetts, with his wife, Susan. They have three children and two grandchildren.