Last week, Barack Obama nominated New Mexico governor Bill Richardson to the critical position of Secretary of Commerce.
Richardson was born in California, but spent most of his childhood in Mexico City. When he was 13, his parents sent him to preparatory school in Massachusetts, where he was the only Hispanic student. In high school, he became a star varsity baseball pitcher. Richardson went on to play baseball as a student at Tufts University, where he earned a degree in political science and French in 1970, after taking some time off to play in an amateur baseball league. Richardson stayed at Tufts and earned a master’s degree in international affairs.