Ron Blomberg

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Ronald Mark Blomberg

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ron Blomberg was the first overall pick in the 1967 amateur draft. In 1973 while playing for the New York Yankees, he became the first designated hitter in baseball history. Although subject to many injuries, he was able to post a major league career OPS+ of 140, which is Hall of Fame level (140 is the same as Duke Snider had, albeit in a much longer career). Although never a regular with at least 400 official at-bats in any season, he was a much better than average hitter - as his .293 lifetime batting average and .360 percent on-base percentage attest.

In 2007, Blomberg was hired as one of the first managers in the Israel Baseball League. He won Manager of the Year honors after leading his team to the IBL title. It was Blomberg's first time in Israel. He had been invited in 1973 by Moshe Dayan and Golda Meir but the Yom Kippur War took place and Blomberg had decided not to come.

Blomberg has scouted for the Yankees. He is the author of the book Designated Hebrew.

His web site is Ron Blomberg.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Ron Blomberg (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, February 1994, pp. 48-49.[1]
  • Ron Blomberg and Dan Schlossberg: Designated Hebrew: The Ron Blomberg Story, Sports Publishing LLC, Champaign, IL, 2006. ISBN 1582619875
  • Dan Schlossberg: "First designated hitter Ron Blomberg proud to be father of position", USA Today, April 10, 2013. [2]

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