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The 1968 Major League Baseball expansion draft was conducted to stock up the rosters of four expansion teams in Major League Baseball which would begin play in the 1969 season.

The expansion draft for the Montreal Expos and the San Diego Padres was held on October 14, 1968. The expansion draft for the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Pilots was held on October 15, 1968.

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Montreal Expos

On December 2, 1967, Gerry Snyder presented a bid for a Montreal franchise to Major League Baseball's team owners at their winter meetings in Mexico City. One potential wild card in Montreal's favour was that the chair of the National League's expansion committee was influential Los Angeles Dodgers president Walter O'Malley, under whom the Royals had become affiliated with the Dodgers. On May 27, 1968, O'Malley announced that franchises were being awarded to Montreal and San Diego, beginning play the following year (1969).[1]

Business executive Charles Bronfman of the Seagram's distilling empire owned the new team.[2] With a long history of use in Montreal, the "Royals" was one of the candidate nicknames for the new franchise, but the American League's new Kansas City team adopted this name, so the new owners conducted a contest to name the team.[citation needed] Many names were suggested by Montrealers (including the "Voyageurs" and in a coincidental twist, the "Nationals" — now used by the team in its new home in Washington, D.C.) but there was a clear winner. At the time, the city was still basking in the glow of the recently completed Expo 67, the most popular World's Fair to date, and so the name "Expos" was used.[3] The Expos name also had the advantage of being the same in either English or French, the city's two dominant languages.

San Diego Padres

The Padres adopted their name from the Pacific Coast League team which arrived in San Diego in 1936. That minor league franchise won the PCL title in 1937, led by then-18-year-old San Diegan Ted Williams. Their original owner was C. Arnholt Smith, a prominent San Diego businessman and former owner of the PCL Padres whose interests included banking, tuna fishing, hotels, real estate and an airline. The team was led by longtime baseball executive Buzzie Bavasi.

Kansas City Royals

The "Royals" name originates from the American Royal Livestock Show, held in Kansas City since 1899. Entering Major League Baseball as an expansion franchise in 1969, the club was founded by Ewing Kauffman, a Kansas City businessman. The franchise was established following the actions of Stuart Symington, then-United States Senator from Missouri, who demanded a new franchise for the city after the Athletics—Kansas City's previous major league team—moved to Oakland, California.

Seattle Pilots

Seattle initially had much going for it when it joined the American League in 1969. Seattle had long been a hotbed for minor league baseball and was home to the Seattle Rainiers, one of the pillars of the Pacific Coast League (PCL). The Cleveland Indians had almost moved to Seattle in 1965. Many of the same things that attracted the Indians made Seattle a plum choice for an expansion team. Seattle was the third-biggest metropolitan area on the West Coast (behind Los Angeles and the Bay Area).

National League Draft

San Diego Padres Montreal Expos
# Player Previous team # Player Previous team
1 Ollie Brown [4] San Francisco Giants 2 Manny Mota[5] Pittsburgh Pirates
3 Dave Giusti St. Louis Cardinals 4 Mack Jones Cincinnati Reds
5 Dick Selma New York Mets 6 John Bateman Houston Astros
7 Al Santorini Atlanta Braves 8 Gary Sutherland Philadelphia Phillies
9 Jose Arcia Chicago Cubs 10 Jack Billingham Los Angeles Dodgers
12 Clay Kirby St. Louis Cardinals 11 Donn Clendenon Pittsburgh Pirates
14 Fred Kendall Cincinnati Reds 13 Jesús Alou San Francisco Giants
16 Jerry Morales New York Mets 15 Mike Wegener Philadelphia Phillies
18 Nate Colbert[6] Houston Astros 17 Skip Guinn Atlanta Braves
20 Zoilo Versalles Los Angeles Dodgers 19 Bill Stoneman[7] Chicago Cubs
22 Frank Reberger Chicago Cubs 21 Maury Wills[8] Pittsburgh Pirates
24 Jerry DaVanon St. Louis Cardinals 23 Bobby Wine[9] Philadelphia Phillies
26 Larry Stahl[10] New York Mets 25 Bob Reynolds San Francisco Giants
28 Dick Kelley Atlanta Braves 27 Dan McGinn Cincinnati Reds
30 Al Ferrara Los Angeles Dodgers 29 Jose Herrera Houston Astros
31 Mike Corkins San Francisco Giants 32 Jimy Williams[11] Cincinnati Reds
33 Tom Dukes Houston Astros 34 Remy Hermoso Atlanta Braves
35 Rick James Chicago Cubs 36 Mudcat Grant [12] Los Angeles Dodgers
37 Tony Gonzalez Philadelphia Phillies 38 Jerry Robertson St. Louis Cardinals
39 Dave Roberts Pittsburgh Pirates 40 Don Shaw New York Mets[13]
42 Ivan Murrell Houston Astros 41 Ty Cline San Francisco Giants
44 Jim Williams Los Angeles Dodgers 43 Garry Jestadt Chicago Cubs
46 Billy McCool Cincinnati Reds 45 Carl Morton[14] Atlanta Braves
48 Roberto Pena Philadelphia Phillies 47 Larry Jaster St. Louis Cardinals
50 Al McBean Pittsburgh Pirates 49 Ernie McAnally New York Mets
51 Rafael Robles San Francisco Giants 52 Jim Fairey Los Angeles Dodgers
53 Fred Katawczik Cincinnati Reds 54 Coco Laboy[15] St. Louis Cardinals
55 Ron Slocum Pittsburgh Pirates 56 John Boccabella Chicago Cubs
57 Steve Arlin Philadelphia Philles 58 Ron Brand Houston Astros
59 Cito Gaston[16] Atlanta Braves 60 John Glass New York Mets

With regards to the 23rd pick overall, Bobby Wine was offered to the Expos as compensation after Larry Jackson decided to retire rather than report to Montreal.

American League Draft

Kansas City Royals Seattle Pilots
# Player Previous team # Player Previous team
1 Roger Nelson Baltimore Orioles 2 Don Mincher California Angels
4 Joe Foy Boston Red Sox 3 Tommy Harper Cleveland Indians
6 Jim Rooker New York Yankees 5 Ray Oyler Detroit Tigers
8 Joe Keough Oakland A's 7 Jerry McNertney [17] Chicago White Sox
10 Steve Jones Washington Senators 9 Buzz Stephen Minnesota Twins
12 Jon Warden Detroit Tigers 11 Chico Salmon Cleveland Indians
13 Ellie Rodriguez New York Yankees 14 Diego Segui [18] Oakland Athletics
15 Dave Morehead Boston Red Sox 16 Tommy Davis Chicago White Sox
17 Mike Fiore Baltimore Orioles 18 Marty Pattin California Angels
19 Bob Oliver Minnesota Twins 20 Gerry Schoen Washington Senators
22 Bill Butler Detroit Tigers 21 Gary Bell Boston Red Sox
23 Steve Whitaker New York Yankees 24 Jack Aker Oakland Athletics
25 Wally Bunker[19] Baltimore Orioles 26 Rich Rollins Minnesota Twins
27 Paul Schaal[20] California Angels 28 Lou Piniella[21] Cleveland Indians
29 Dan Haynes Chicago White Sox 30 Dick Bates Washington Senators
31 Dick Drago[22] Detroit Tigers 32 Larry Haney Baltimore Orioles
34 Pat Kelly Minnesota Twins 33 Dick Baney Boston Red Sox
36 Billy Harris Cleveland Indians 35 Steve Hovley California Angels
38 Don O'Riley Oakland A's 37 Steve Barber[23] New York Yankees
40 Al Fitzmorris Chicago White Sox 39 John Miklos Washington Senators
42 Moe Drabowsky Baltimore Orioles 41 Wayne Comer Detroit Tigers
43 Jackie Hernandez Minnesota Twins 44 Bucky Brandon Boston Red Sox
45 Mike Hedlund Cleveland Indians 46 Skip Lockwood Oakland Athletics
47 Tom Burgmeier California Angels 48 Gary Timberlake New York Yankees
49 Hoyt Wilhelm [24] Chicago White Sox 50 Bob Richmond Washington Senators
51 Jerry Adair Boston Red Sox 52 John Morris Baltimore Orioles
54 Jerry Cram Minnesota Twins 53 Mike Marshall[25] Detroit Tigers
56 Fran Healy Cleveland Indians 55 Jim Gosger Oakland Athletics
58 Scott Northey Chicago White Sox 57 Mike Ferraro New York Yankees
60 Ike Brookens Washington Senators 59 Paul Click California Angels

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