Inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 1995

A Hartford native, Borstein graduated from Weaver High school in 1937 and earned a degree in chemistry from Trinity College in 1941. He was proud of being the first in his family to attend college and often told stories of his struggles to earn enough money and to obtain the scholarships he needed to graduate. He played both basketball and baseball at Trinity. He also played basketball while serving in the U.S. Army and Air Force bases in Ohio and California in 1944 and 1945, when he was a captain training fighter pilots in flight.

Upon his discharge in 1946, he entered the food industry, first as a salesman, then as the proprietor of the Kingswood Market, which he ran for 44 years, the last 26 with his son, David. As owner of the Kingswood Market in West Hartford, he sponsored, coached and managed Little League baseball and basketball teams in the 1960s and 1970s.