My career path

From 1# Draft to accidental fame

What was to be a three-year trial run for the designated hitter in January 1973, became Ron Blomberg's accidental fame . Facing All-Star pitcher Luis Tiant, a young Blomberg drew a walk in his first at-bat.

Two innings later, Blomberg became the first DH to record a hit. Blomberg that day went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in a 15-5 loss to the Red Sox. But history was written that day.

1967

6th JUNE 1967

#1 draft selection

Selected by the New York Yankees #1 overall, Blomberg had 125 Basketball and 100 Football scholarship offers at the time.

1969

10th september 1969

MLB Debut game

At 21 years Blomberg debuted with the NY Yankees, but was struck with injuries early. In 1971 he batted .326 with the Syracuse Chiefs.

1973

6th april 1973

HISTORY, THE 1ST DH

As the first ever MLB Designated Hitter, Blomberg faced Luis Tiant of the Boston Red Sox. He drew a walk, later recorded the first hit as a DH and batted .329 for the year.

1978

1ST OCTOBER 1978

The final MLB GAME

Signed by the Chicago White Sox as a free agent, in 1978 Ron Blomberg played his last game in October of '78. Retiring with career stats of .293 BA, 52 HR, 224 RBI