Dave Winfield highlights
Oct. 3, 1951
-- David Mark Winfield was born in St. Paul, Minnesota (The same day that Bobby Thomson hit the "Shot Heard 'Round the World)
-- Was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 amateur draft, but elected to attend the University of Minnesota on a baseball scholarship.
-- Voted the MVP of the College World Series after leading the University of Minnesota to the semifinals. Starred as both pitcher and outfielder, batting .3855 with 8 home runs and 33 RBIs in 43 games. Posted a 13-1 record on the mound.
June 5, 1973
-- Drafted by the San Diego Padres with the fourth overall pick of the amateur draft (David Clyde, John Stearns, and Hall of Famer Robin Yont were drafted ahead of him). He was also drafted by the NBA's Ataland Hawks (5th round, 73rd pick), the ABA's Utah Stars (6th round, 58th pick), and the NFL's Minnesota Vikings (17th round, 429th pick).
-- Played with the San Diego Padres. His best season was in 1979 when he hit .308 with 34 homer runs and a career-high and NL-leading 118 RBIs.
-- Signed a 10-year-deal with the New York Yankees as a free agent for $16 million after the 1980 season. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner misinteerpreted a cost of living cause in Winfield's contract and had to pay Winfield an extra $7 million. That began a long feud between the two that eventually led to Steinbrenner being suspended from baseball.
-- Reached the World Series with the Yankees, the only time it would happen during his eight full seasons with the team. In the Series, Winfield went 1-for-22 (.045) which led Steinbrenner to refer to him as "Mr. May." The Yankees, who won the first two games of the series at home lost the series in six games to the LA Dodgers.
-- In a game at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, a warm up throw Winfield hti and killed a seagull. After the game Winfield was arrested on charges of "cruelty to animals" The charges were quick dropped.
-- Winfield had 100 or more RBIs during those five years and became the first Yankee since Joe DiMaggio to have five consecutive seasons of 100 or more RBIs.
-- Batted .340 missing the the batting title by three points to teammate Don Mattingly.
-- Missed the entire season with back surgery.
May 11, 1990
-- Traded by the Yankees to the California Angels for pitcher Mike Witt. That year with the Yankees and Angels combined, he batted .267 with 21 home runs and 78 RBIs. He was selected as The Sporting News' AL Comeback Player of the Year.
-- In his only full season with the Angels, he hit ree home runs in a game on April 13 and hit for the cycle on June 24th. In hitting for the cycle, Winfield became the oldest player in history (39) to accomplish that feat.
-- After signing a one year contact with the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent after the 1991 season, Winfield hit .290 with 26 home runs and 108 RBIs. At 41, he was the oldest player in major league history to drive in 100 or more runs in a season.
1992 Post Season
-- Homered twice in the ALCS. In the World Series his two-out two-run double in the 11th inning of Game 6 provided the winning margin for the Blue Jays, who beat Atlanta, 4-3, on Oct. 24th to win their first World Series title.
-- Played two seasons with the Twins and joined the 3,000 hit club on Sept. 16, 1993. His 3,000 hit wasn RBI single off Oakland's Dennis Eckersley that drove in Kirby Puckett.
-- Played 46 games with the Cleveland Indians as a DH and retired.
Jan. 16, 2001
-- Winfield elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame with 84.47 percent of the votes on ballots cast.
Won seven Gold Gloves (1979-80, 1982-85, 1987) as an outfielder.
Was a 12-time All-Star and hit .361 in All-Star games. He holds the All-Star record for career doubles (seven) -- and shares the record for most consecutive games with one or more hits (seven).
In 22 seasons, Winfield hit .283 and had 3,110 hits, 465 homer runs dn 1,833 RBIs. Winfields' 11,003 at-bats rank eight all-time. He is tied with Joe Medwick at 19th with 540 doubles, 21st in homer runs, 12th in RBIs and 10th in total bases (5,221).