In an exhibition game against the Pirates, Larry Hisle of the Twins becomes the first designated hitter used in MLB that spring. Hisle makes the new A.L. rule look good by collecting two home runs and driving in seven runs. Ron Bloomberg of the Yankees will be the first DH to bat in the regular season.
1973 Orlando Cepeda signs with the Boston Red Sox, making him the first player signed by a team specifically to be a designated hitter. His slash line will be .289/.350/.444 with 20 HRs and 86 RBI in his one Beantown season.
In the first year using the Designated hitter rule in the American League, Orlando Cepeda hit four doubles during the game on this date as the DH for the Boston Red Sox as they post a 9-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Cepeda will end his Hall of fFame career the next season with the Royals.