Neyer: The 1967 amateur draft and the Yankees’ Ron Blomberg

From SABR member Rob Neyer at The National Pastime Museum on June 30, 2017:

Take a casual glance at the 1967 draft—the big one in June, that is—and you might figure teams were still trying to get a handle on this strange new institution. After all, it was only the third year of the amateur draft, and a fair number of clubs were really just winging it.

Number of future Hall of Famers drafted in June of ’67? Zero.

If the ’67 draft is famous for anything, it’s probably the Yankees and Ron Blomberg.

It took a variety of odd circumstances, but somehow the Yankees actually owned the first overall pick in the draft.

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Originally published: June 30, 2017. Last Updated: June 30, 2017.