George Steinbrenner

The Yankees' Chosen Player

04/07/2006
Staff Writer
For Ron Blomberg, making the Baseball Hall of Fame was literally a walk in the park. On April 6, 1973, he was listed in the Yankees' lineup as a batter without a position in the field, thus becoming the first designated hitter. Blomberg earned a base on balls in his first appearance as DH, an innovation the sport introduced to replace the typically poor-hitting pitcher with a stronger batsman.
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