For nearly four decades, Governor Bill Richardson claimed that he was drafted by the Kansas City Athletics baseball team…
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Governor Richardson even included this tall tale in his campaign literature when he ran for Congress:
In early 1999, nearly 2,000 convention guests in San Antonio watched Richardson accept the highest individual honor the National Collegiate Athletic Association bestows.
The Theodore Roosevelt Award goes to a former college athlete who has distinguished himself in public service. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first winner of the “Teddy,” as it’s called, in 1967. Gerald Ford won it in 1975, George H.W. Bush in 1986 and Ronald Reagan in 1990.
Rocco J. Carzo, then Tufts director of athletics, nominated Richardson.
In his nomination letter, Carzo wrote this of Richardson’s baseball prowess: “A right-hander, he was drafted by the Kansas City A’s in 1966 before attending Tufts, but passed on turning pro. He was drafted again by Los Angeles in 1968, but knew his arm wouldn’t hold up as a professional.'”
Carzo, now the Tufts Athletic Director Emeritus, said the information “might have come from him (Richardson).”
…The Athletics, now the Oakland Athletics, is the team most often mentioned as having drafted Richardson.
But published Richardson “draft” references also mention the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles.
The Journal could find no record that any team drafted Richardson.
On the bio sheet Richardson completed for Tufts in his junior year, he penciled words “Drafted by Kansas City (1966), LA (1968).”
For someone to say that they did not know if they were drafted or not, is like someone not knowing if they were offered a job or not.
It’s highly unlikely.
If he were in the private sector he would have likely lost his position. But he’s not and instead he is running for US president as a democrat.
Today Richardson entered the democratic fold of nominees for president.