Mr. Winfield grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota in 1969 on a baseball scholarship.
Excelling in both basketball and baseball, he led the Golden Gophers basketball team to a Big Ten basketball title in 1972, and led the baseball team to a Big Ten Championship and College World Series Semi-Finals appearance in 1973.
Dave Winfield was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001, his first year of eligibility. He donned the cap of the Padres making him the first player in Cooperstown to represent the San Diego club. The awards and accolades collected over his illustrious career are too many to mention, but the highlights include 12 consecutive All-Star game appearances, 7 Gold Glove awards, 6 Silver Slugger awards, 465 home runs, A Roberto Clemente Award, 3,000 hit club member and World Series Champion.
His #31 jersey has been retired by the San Diego Padres.
In the summers of 1971 & 1972, Dave honed his skills further by playing for the Alaska Goldpanners and helped the team win the summer collegiate league World Series in 1972.
Winfield led the Minnesota baseball team to the Big Ten Championship and College World Series Semi-Finals in 1973, following which he was named the Most Outstanding Player after starting two games in which he tossed 17 1Ш3 innings, allowed 9 hits, 1 earned run, and struck out 29 batters, a record at that time. In addition, he batted .467 in the Series. He was also a unanimous first team All-American.