Monday, June 30, 2014

Player Profile: Ron Blomberg

I have two cards of Ron Blomberg. This one is from 1979 Topps.

Playing career: Ron Blomberg was the number one overall pick in the 1967 draft, selected by the Yankees. Unfortunately injuries limited him to just 461 games, 400 for the Yankees and 61 for the White Sox. He hit .293 with 52 HR and 224 RBI for his career. He is best known for being the first designated hitter in the major leagues for the Yankees in 1973, drawing a walk in the first plate appearance for the role. A fuller account of his career can be found at Cardboard Junkie.

Where he is now: He is an active public speaker and is involved with many charities, and has his own website. He also runs an annual Ron Blomberg Baseball Camp which he claims is the largest Jewish sleepaway camp in the United States. In 2012 he wrote a book, Designated Hebrew, about the positive and negative experiences of being a Jewish baseball star in the south (where he grew up and played minor league ball) and in New York. It also talks about his experiences managing in the short-lived Israeli Baseball League.

My memories: He is before my time, but you always hear about him whenever the topic of the designated hitter is brought up.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Ron Bl, ahead of Ron Blank, a continuing education company. There do not appear to be any other prominent Ron Blombergs.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Ben Blomdahl.

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