Dave Winfield

David Mark Winfield
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 2001
Primary team: New York Yankees
Primary position: Right Fielder

Dave Winfield was the first athlete in history to be drafted by four different leagues, but in the end he chose Major League Baseball over the NFL, the ABA and the NBA, where he found a home and was successful throughout his tenure.

The outfielder didn’t spend a single day in the minor leagues, and he began his career with the Padres.

Winfield found success even when his team did not. In 1979, he had 118 RBI in a season when the Padres only scored 603 times. He had 34 home runs, 27 doubles, 10 triples and a .308 average. He also scored 97 runs, stole 15 bases and drew more walks than the number of times he struck out. He was also the best defensive right fielder in the National League, winning the Gold Glove that year, and adding another the following season.

From San Diego, he moved onto New York in 1981 where he found much success, though he had some problems with the Yankees organization, fighting with management and at times competing against players on his own team.

In 1982 he launched a career-high 37 long balls. He followed with 116 RBI in 1983. The next season he set a career best with a .340 batting average.

His accomplishments were evident during his entire stint with New York. He drove in more than 100 runs in every season with the Yankees, except for two of them. Five more Gold Gloves were also added to his total before he left the team.

Playing for the Angels, on June 24, 1991, he became the oldest player to hit for the cycle, at the age of 40.

Winfield became a member of the Blue Jays as a free agent in 1992. Despite being more than 40 years old, he batted .290 with 26 home runs and 108 RBI. He led Toronto to their first World Series win with a run-scoring double in the top of the 11th inning of Game 6 to take the championship against the Atlanta Braves.

Following his stint with the Jays, he went back to his hometown and played for the Twins. He collected his 3,000th career hit with Minnesota in 1993. His career later ended after he spent 46 games playing for the Indians in 1995.

Winfield was a 12-time All-Star selection who amassed 3110 hits, 465 home runs and 1833 RBI. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001, and the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.

"Baseball is simple and complex, but it's never easy. If you don't have your head on right, you're not going to succeed. "
Dave Winfield

Career stats

Year Inducted: 2001
Primary Team: New York Yankees
Position Played: Right Fielder
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: St. Paul, Minnesota
Birth year: 1951
Played for:
San Diego Padres (1973-1980)
New York Yankees (1981-1988)
New York Yankees (1990)
LA/California Angels (1990-1991)
Toronto Blue Jays (1992)
Minnesota Twins (1993-1994)
Cleveland Indians (1995)
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Home RunsHR
Stolen BasesSB
Batting AverageBA
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