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Following the initial email, you will be contacted by the shop to confirm that your item is available for collection. Call us on or send us an email at. Although injuries ultimately shortened Blomberg's career as a player, they also presented him the opportunity to take his place in history. In , Blomberg was slated to start as the Yankees' first baseman in the team's season-opener at Boston, but suffered a pulled hamstring during Spring Training that prevented him from taking the field.
Manager Ralph Houk, loath to lose Blomberg's bat, assigned him to the newly created position of designated hitter.
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Because the Yankee-Red Sox game was the first American League contest to start that day, Blomberg became the first designated hitter in history to come to bat. He drew a bases-loaded walk from Red Sox hurler Luis Tiant, and proceeded to go on the game, which the Yankees lost After his hamstring healed, he switched between right field, first base and designated hitter. You would take your at-bat, and then you could go back into the clubhouse to get something to eat while you were waiting to bat again," chuckled Blomberg, who also referred to DH as Designated Hebrew.
A three-sport star in high school, Blomberg was the first athlete to ever be named a Parade All-American in football, basketball and baseball. He also had over football scholarships, including the chance to play wide receiver for Bear Bryant at Alabama. But Blomberg opted for baseball, where the Yankees had made him the top pick in the draft.
Like many Jewish professional athletes, Blomberg experienced anti-Semitism during his career, but growing up in Georgia had prepared him for much of what he was to encounter, he said.
Blomberg said one of his most memorable at-bats came in a September game, in which his hit clinched a Yankees victory just before sunset and the start of Rosh Hashanah. Long after he stopped playing baseball, Blomberg said that he experienced one of his greatest athletic thrills as manager of the Bet Shemesh Blue Sox in the Israel Baseball League in There is so much to know but the most important thing is knowing your personnel and what their strengths and weaknesses are. I guess I did okay," Blomberg said. Nearby Places.