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Blomberg first permanent pinch-hitter

Updated: April 4, 2003, 1:42 PM ET
By Jeff Merron | Special to ESPN.com

Thirty years ago -- at 1:53 p.m. on April 6, 1973 -- Ron Blomberg, batting sixth in the Yankee lineup, came to bat with the bases loaded on a cold, windy Opening Day at Fenway. Facing Luis Tiant, he walked on a full count to force in a run.

It wouldn't do the Yankees much good -- they would lose the game 15-5 -- but it was a historic moment. By three strokes of fate -- a pulled hamstring, the schedule and a wind-blown double -- Blomberg came to the plate as the first designated hitter in ...

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