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On this date in Yankees history: Blomberg becomes first DH

BOSTON, Mass. — On this date in 1973, Ron Blomberg became the first designated hitter in the history of baseball. Batting sixth in the New York Yankees lineup, Blomberg coaxed an RBI-walk during the first frame against Luis Tiant.

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Designated walker? Sounds sexy.

Blomberg, who would amass 52 homers across his career, also collected a hit on his 1-for-3 day.

Conversely, Boston Red Sox DH Orlando Cepeda went 0-for-6.

Yet, the Bosox didn’t appear to need a DH to boost their offense, as the Yankees fell 15-5 at Fenway Park.