Dave Winfield was a first class athlete for the University of Minnesota who was drafted out of college by 4 teams in 3 different sports. He ultimately chose baseball and signed with the San Diego Padres in 1973. He wasted no time getting to the majors, skipping the minor leagues and making his big league debut in June of that year. He was a true 5-tool player with tremendous power and a terrific throwing arm. As a young outfielder, he became the franchises’ first real star. At 6’6”, he was an imposing figure at the plate and during his 22-year career with the Padres, Yankees, Angels, Blue Jays, Twins and Indians he would garner 6 Silver Slugger Awards, 7 Gold Gloves and be named an All-Star 12 times, while totaling an impressive 465 home runs, 3110 hits, 1833 RBIs and a .283 Avg. He was an important member of the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays championship team.
July, 21, 2012