Ron Blomberg began his baseball career with the New York Yankess on September 10, 1969. As an All-American athlete in high school, he excelled in baseball, basketball, and football, and was selected 1st overall in the 1st round of the 1967 amateur draft by the New York Yankees. Blomberg earned himself a spot in baseball history on April 6, 1973 when he became the first major league player to start a game in the designated hitter position. During his 8-year career, Blomberg had a .293 batting average, with 52 home runs, 224 RBIs, and 184 runs.