July 11th, 2007
09:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Richardson aims for bleachers, hits photographer

(CNN) – Presidential candidate Bill Richardson fulfilled a “childhood dream” Wednesday. He took a different type of campaign swing in Dyersville, Iowa at the site of the 1989 film “Field of Dreams.”

The Democratic New Mexico governor and avid baseball fan stepped into the batter’s box and accidentally took a crack at a photographer while swinging at a few pitches.

“I hit a photographer. I am a pull hitter. He should have gotten out of the way,” said Richardson, a former left-handed pitcher for Tufts University, to a group of supporters at a stop in Waterloo, Iowa.

A casual Richardson sporting tennis shoes and blue jeans said that as a result of his visit to the “Field of Dreams” earlier in the day, “I am seriously considering pardoning Shoeless Joe Jackson.”

“Field of Dreams” centered on an Iowa farmer who hears a voice and interprets the message to plow through a corn field and build a baseball diamond.

Shoeless Joe Jackson appears as a ghost, along with seven other members of the so-called "Black Sox," who were banned from baseball for throwing the 1919 World Series. Some baseball historians believe Shoeless Joe Jackson was innocent.

- CNN Political Assignment Editor Marissa Muller

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Iowa • Presidential Candidates
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Richard, Austin, Texas

    Richardson pitches like he secures what he is responsible to secure. Remember Los Alamos? By the way what ever happened to those computers with all that classified information he was responsible when he was sec. of energy? Do you think maybe the Chinese have them?

    July 11, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. Mrs. America

    Glad to see Bill Richardson having fun, but even though well-qualified, he probably won't get the Dem nomination for president. In fact, Clinton or Obama probably won't, either. The reality for the Dems (and I sure would like to be wrong about this) is that whoever is next in line after the woman, the African American and the Latino will probably get the nomination (yeah, I know Richardson isn't first tier but he fits well into my scenario). Or, if one of the Dem "minorities" manages to get the nomination, a white male Rep will probably be voted in unless, of course, he's divorced or Mormon or gets outed by Larry Flynt. I think that's the long and short of it in an America regressing to the days of Puritanism, and anybody with a little historical knowledge is aware of the the consequences of that short-lived era.

    July 12, 2007 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  3. Phillip A Reed, Norman, OK

    Go BR!

    July 12, 2007 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Richard

    Does Richardson blaming the cameraman that got hit tell you anything? I think there is a real message here.

    July 12, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Alison, Washington, DC


    This article about the incident took his comment about it being the cameraman's fault out of context. He didn't actually blame the cameraman.

    From the AP story:
    "His first hit was a screaming grounder down the first base line that plunked an unsuspecting bystander in the upper thigh. Batting practice stopped briefly, until the man assured Richardson that he was OK."

    From the Des Moines Register:
    "The good feeling prevailed despite hitting a photographer with a line drive into right field Wednesday while visiting the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, he said. Richardson got a laugh after he assured the crowd the photographer was OK."

    July 12, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Don, Terre Haute, IN

    Thank goodness he wasn't quail hunting!

    July 14, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |