Last week, I interviewed a former Major League Baseball player, who holds a special place in baseball history. Ron Blomberg, a former players mostly with the New York Yankees (and briefly with my Chicago White Sox) was the first ever Designated Hitter. That interview is at On the Beat With Ron Blomberg.
The number one pick in the 1967 MLB draft, Ron's promising career was cut short due to injuries. Ron missed all but one game in 1976 and all of 1977. Then he signed with the Sox, but unfortunately, he managed to play only 61 games in 1978. That ended his MLB career.
Since then, Ron has remained close to the sport. He wrote two books, Designated Hebrew and The Captain and Me. The first was an autobiography. The second was the story of his friendship with the late Thurman Munson.
His latest endeavor is also baseball- related. He is part of the Legends of Baseball Cruise. The cruise takes place this December and includes several baseball stars spanning 50+ years of the sport. In addition to Ron, there is also Chris Chambliss, Mickey Rivers, Graig Nettles and several more stars. You don't have to be a Yankees fan to love this. You don't even have to be a baseball fan (although it would help). This promises to be a fun cruise to great places.
Go to LegendsOfBaseballCruise.com for more info on this great trip. Check back here for more coverage.