CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Chappaqua's Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester is gearing up to host a talk by Ron Blomberg, who played for the New York Yankees in the 1970s.
Blomberg, who was the first designated hitter in Major League Baseball, will speak at 2 p.m. on March 23 at the temple at 22 South Bedford Road in Chappaqua.
Blomberg, who was called the "great Jewish hope," played for the Yankees in the 1970s, according to a release. The event, sponsored by the Junior Youth Committee, was the idea of the new Temple Beth El’s Men’s Club member and long-time temple member Geoffery Raicht.
"The story of Ron’s life and career is one that can inspire anyone to believe that their goals, no matter how difficult they may appear, can be achieved by maintaining a positive, determined attitude," representatives said. "Despite facing the additional obstacle of bigotry, Ron was called up to the Yankees after only two years in the minor leagues. On April 6, 1973, Ron came to the plate as Major League Baseball’s first-ever designated hitter."
Blomberg retired from baseball in 1979. He ended his career having amassed a lifetime .293 batting average, with 52 home runs and 224 RBI.
"Ron Blomberg's efforts to confront bigotry and anti-Semitism in America's 'national pastime' has equal, if not greater, importance than his place in history as baseball's first designated hitter," said Rabbi Alan Fuchs. "Using the platform of being a former member of the New York Yankees and his passion for baseball and social justice, Ron continues to make a difference in the world. I am thrilled that TBE has provided him with a venue to deliver his important message."
This event is open to the community. Blomberg will sign autographs after his speech. Admission for the event is $10 ahead of time and $15 at the door.