Nicknamed “Boomer” after hitting a tremendous homer in his third major league at-bat, Ron Blomberg will always be remembered as the major leagues’ first designated hitter. Ron said of the accomplishment, “I’ve been a DH all my life – Designated Hebrew”.
Before injury ended his career, Blomberg was a time hitter, batting .293 over his eight year career.
Blomberg was a marvelous all-around athlete in high school, basketball, baseball and track, who spurned numerous college basketball scholarships to play baseball. In June, 1967, he was the first overall pick in the baseball draft. Selected by the Yankees, Ron appeared in four games in 1969 before being called up for good in 1971.
On April 6, 1973, Blomberg became the first official DH when he faced Luis Tiant of the Red Sox; Blomberg walked with the bases loaded in that at bat, Blomberg hit over .300 in four seasons.
He ended his career with the White Sox in 1978. Two teammates were Jewish pitchers – Ross Baumgarten and Steve Stone.
In 1995, Ron turned down an offer from the Yankees to become a coach, choosing instead to establish the Ron Blomberg Championship Baseball Program, a series of clinics for children between the ages of 5 and 17, in his hometown of Atlanta.