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First Designated Hitter

Picture of a BaseballTrivia Question

Who was Major League Baseball’s first designated hitter and who was the first pitcher to pitch to a designated hitter?

Trivia Question Answer

Major League Baseball’s American League adopted the designated hitter in 1973 allowing someone to be designated to hit for the pitcher. The first designated hitter was the New York Yankees Ron “Boomer” Blomberg, on April 6, 1973. Pitching to “Boomer” was the Boston Red Sox pitcher Louis Tiant. Tiant walked Blomberg.