Dave Winfield tallied 465 home runs and 3,110 hits during his 22-year big league career. That puts him in select company.
Only 13 other men have reached both the 400-HR and 3,000 hit plateaus. The players include Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Carl Yastrzemski, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre, Albert Pujols, and Miguel Cabrera.
Winfield played on both costs, in San Diego with the Padres, and in New York with the Yankees. In the days before interleague play, Winfield was popular in both the NL and AL. He played 8 seasons in the Senior Circuit and 14 years in the Junior Circuit.
Many fans had Sports Illustrated posters as youngsters. Here Dave Winfield signed a contract to have his likeness appear on those posters. Dated 2/14/87 this contract has Winfield’s signature at the bottom.
One of the most gifted athletes in baseball history, Winfield was drafted fourth overall by the Padres and also by teams in four other league – the NFL, ABA, NBA. An All Star for 12 straight years from 1977-1988, Winfield was a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2001.
Best all-around athlete to come out of the state of Minnesota! A product of Oxford playground Saint Paul
Winfield has a main instigator in one of college basketball’s ugliest incidents, when Minnesota players and fans brutally assaulted the Ohio St players. He was never contrite about it and I have no respect for him. He should have gone to jail.