WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Wednesday, January 11th. This date in 1973 was a day that lives in infamy, at least among some self-described baseball purists. The American League approved a three-year experiment with replacing pitchers in the batting order with a designated hitter. The rule change stuck and is the most visible distinction between the two major leagues. The first DH to come to the plate was the New York Yankees' Ron Blomberg on April 6, 1973. The anti-climatic result was a walk. But as the bases were loaded, he drove in a run. Still, the Boston Red Sox prevailed 15 to 5. There are 15 major league designated hitter jobs in the U.S., a tiny, one-in-10-million specialty, among the nearly 159 million people 16 and older in the labor force. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
Rule change/accessed 11/4/2016: http://www.on-this-day.com/onthisday/thedays/alldays/jan11.htm
First at-bat/accessed 11/4/2016: http://m.mlb.com/news/article/36452472//
Yankees/Red Sox game/accessed 1/4/2016: http://www.baseball-almanac.com/boxscore/04061973.shtml
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau