On April 6, 1973, Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees becomes the first designated hitter in major league history. In his first plate appearance, Blomberg walks with the bases loaded. Carlton Fisk hits two home runs (one a grand slam) to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 15 – 5 victory over New York.
Orlando Cepeda, who was explicitly signed to fill the role of the newly created position of designated hitter, goes 0-for-6. The future Hall of Famer misses out on a place in baseball history after the top of the first inning is extended by a misjudged bloop hit and two walks, giving Ron Blomberg the opportunity to be the first player to come to the plate as the DH.
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