On this day: January 11

Published On: Jan 10 2013 01:39:09 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 11 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

A U.S. marshal dies in the line of duty for the first time, a landmark report points to the hazards of smoking, the designated hitter comes into play, and Mark McGwire admits to steroid use, all on this day.

OTD January 11 - designated hitter
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1973: Owners of American League baseball teams vote 8-4 to adopt the designated-hitter rule, allowing teams to designate a player to bat in place of the pitcher, for what was initially a three-year trial run. Since 1973, most collegiate, amateur and professional leagues have adopted the rule or some variant. The most notable exception is MLB's National League, which does not use a designated hitter.

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