In 1973, he was named All-American and voted MVP of the College World Series—as a pitcher. [37], The Big Ten Network named Winfield its #15 ranked Big Ten Conference "Icon" in 2010.[38]. [42], On December 5, 2013, Winfield was named special assistant to Executive Director Tony Clark at the Major League Baseball Players Association. We're fine now. The Winfield moniker brought along assumptions of immediate greatness that rivaled the levels of his father. As a middle blocker for Penn’s women’s volleyball, Arielle doesn’t exactly have the lengthy experience that most people have back in the volleyball powerhouse of California. [48] In turn, Winfield continues to help raise funds and awareness for Jeter's Foundation and for many other groups and causes throughout the country. as of 2018 Dave birthday is on 3-Oct-51. Winfield was still a productive hitter after his 40th birthday. Famous Sports StarsBaseballDave Winfield Biography - Close Family, Blossoming Sports Career, Winfield Foundation, Difficult Decade With The Yankees, Chronology - CONTACT INFORMATION, Copyright © 2020 Web Solutions LLC. The Foundation also partnered with Merck Pharmaceuticals and created an internationally acclaimed bilingual substance abuse prevention program called "Turn it Around".[47]. [10] Steinbrenner did not find this humorous, and criticized Winfield at the end of the series. “A lot of people were expecting a ridiculous amount out of me at such a young age,” Dave Jr. said. In the last few weeks of the race, it became obvious to most observers that the fans were partial to Mattingly. [46], As his salary increased, Foundation programs expanded to include holiday dinner giveaways and national scholarships. [39], In 2008, Winfield participated in both the final Old Timer's Day ceremony and Final game ceremony at Yankee Stadium. Copyright © 2016 - 2019. He also wore No. His parents divorced when he was three years old, leaving him and his older brother Stephen to be raised by their mom, Arline, and a huge extended family of aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins and mentors. Download Dave Winfield and family at the premiere of Disney's "Santa Clause 2" at the El Capitan Theater, Hollywood, CA 10-27-02 – stock editorial photography #17812723 from Depositphotos' collection of millions of premium Winfield, who was now the oldest MLB player, was again granted free agency in October but re-signed with the Indians as spring training began in April 1995. Steinbrenner mistakenly thought he was signing Winfield for $16 million,[8] a misunderstanding that led to an infamous public feud.[9]. Dave Winfield Inducted into First Class of College Baseball Hall of Fame, The Black Gap in Baseball DEREK JETER, REGGIE JACKSON AND DAVE WINFIELD AND ANDRE DAWSON, Virtual Legends of the Game: Honoring Marvin Miller with Dave Winfield. [22] However, the suspension lasted only two years. In 2010, Winfield was voted All-Time Left Fielder in the National Sports Review poll[36] and selected as one of 28 members of the NCAA Men's College World Series Legends Team. To me … he was coach, friend, father, all rolled into one.". Freshman middle blocker Arielle Winfield committed to Penn eight months before her brother Dave Jr.  did the same. He hit 37 home runs in a spectacular 1982 season. [45], Well known for his philanthropic work, Winfield began giving back to the communities in which he played from the beginning of his professional athletic career. She was actually cut the first time she tried out for a team in middle school. In his Hall of Fame induction speech in 2001, Dave Sr. stressed the importance of “lifelong learning, opening minds and overcoming adversity” as key factors to becoming a successful person and athlete. Throughout the late 1980s, Steinbrenner regularly leaked derogatory and fictitious stories about Winfield to the press. But with perseverance and dedication, the Winfields overcame that obstacle and continued to remain close as a family. 31, Winfield's uniform number, in his honor. In 1977, he appeared in his first All-Star game at New York's Yankee Stadium and he burst into national stardom. Freshman middle blocker Arielle Winfield (second from left) committed to Penn eight months before her brother Dave Jr. (second from right) did the same. We need a Mr. October or a Mr. September. He remained on probation throughout college. Unfortunately Winfield had a sub-par World Series, which the Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games. He played one more season with the Padres before becoming a free agent. Winfield chose baseball; the San Diego Padres selected him in the first round, with the fourth overall selection, of the 1973 MLB draft. He batted .277 in 56 games his first season. On July 4, 2006, Winfield was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in its inaugural class. Winfield won five (of his seven) Gold Glove Awards for his stellar outfield play as a Yankee. It also created the appearance that Steinbrenner was contributing to the foundation, when in actuality, Steinbrenner was holding back a portion of Winfield's salary. Over the next several years, he developed into an All-Star player in San Diego, gradually increasing his power and hits totals. Terms of Use, Dave Winfield Biography - Close Family, Blossoming Sports Career, Winfield Foundation, Difficult Decade With The Yankees, Chronology - CONTACT INFORMATION. The Padres retired No. His parents separated when Dave was three, and his mother raised him and his brother, Steve, alone. After the game, he was brought to a nearby Toronto Police Service station and charged with cruelty to animals. Also pictured is Arielle’s mother, Tonya Turner. A tremendous growth spurt helped him achieve All-City and All-State honors in both baseball and basketball by his senior year, and after graduation he was offered a scholarship to the University of Minnesota. [34] The Padres retired Winfield's No. Facts Dave Winfield age is 66 years. Her father shared that sentiment and added that it was “the toughest thing a parent has to do, but equally rewarding.”. He funded The Dave Winfield Nutrition Center at Hackensack University Medical Center near his Teaneck, New Jersey home. When freshman Arielle Winfield goes for a kill on the volleyball court, she hits the ball hard. He was the first San Diego Padre player inducted into Cooperstown[29]—a move that reportedly irked Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner. [11] In the offseason, Winfield returned to Toronto and donated two paintings for an Easter Seals auction, which raised over $60,000. Winfield did not let Steinbrenner's antics affect his play. Small for his age, Dave did not try out for the baseball team at St. Paul's Central High School until his junior year. They lived in a black community in St. Paul, Minnesota. Arielle responded emphatically, guaranteeing that she would make the team next year. [20] He also forced Yankee managers to move him down in the batting order and bench him. Arielle is emphatic that, regardless of what her last name is, “hard work can take [her] where [she wants] to go in life.”, Randy Grossman, Esq. Winfield was born on the same day that Bobby Thomson hit his pennant-winning home run for the New York Giants, known as "the shot heard 'round the world," and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. [21] In 1990, the feud between Steinbrenner and Winfield had escalated to the point where Steinbrenner was "banned for life" from running the Yankees because of his connections to Howard Spira, a known gambler with supposed Mafia connections, whom he had paid $40,000 for embarrassing information on Winfield. David Mark Winfield (born October 3, 1951) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) right fielder. Winfield is Mr. [26], After the 1992 season, Winfield was granted free agency and signed with his hometown Minnesota Twins, where he continued to perform at a high level of play despite advancing age. [43], On July 14, 2014, Winfield returned to Minnesota to throw out the first pitch at the 2014 Home Run Derby along with fellow St. Paul natives Joe Mauer, Paul Molitor, and Jack Morris.[44]. He had represented the Padres at the first All-Star Game to be played in San Diego. On September 16, 1993, at age 41, he collected his 3,000th career hit with a single off Oakland Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley. Winfield resides in California with his wife Tonya, and three children, Shanel and twins David II and Arielle. [5][6] Though he never played college football, the Minnesota Vikings selected Winfield in the 17th round of the NFL draft. Each major league team drafted one player from the Negro Leagues. “Dave and I never put pressure on each other to attend the same school,” Arielle said. From 2001 to 2013, Winfield served as executive vice president/senior advisor of the San Diego Padres. At 41 years of age, Winfield became the third-oldest player to hit an extra base hit in the World Series, trailing only Pete Rose and Enos Slaughter. All information about his private life is concealed. [2] He is a member of both the Baseball Hall of Fame and College Baseball Hall of Fame. Winfield grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. A rotator cuff injury kept him on the disabled list for most of the season; thus he played in only 46 games and hit .191 for Cleveland's first pennant winner in 41 years. Winfield's 1972 Minnesota team won a Big Ten Conference basketball championship, the school's first sole outright championship in 53 years. During his freshman year, he was arrested as an accomplice in the theft of a snowblower from a store. Family & Relations Not Much is known about Dave family and Relationships. Nonetheless, when he was inducted Winfield sounded a conciliatory note toward Steinbrenner, saying "He's said he regrets a lot of things that happened. The All-Star open-practice has since been adopted by Major League Baseball and continues to this day. The Winfield Foundation also became a bone of contention in Steinbrenner's public feud with Winfield. He was a key factor in leading the Yankees to the 1981 American League pennant. Their father Dave Sr. hit 465 home runs in a 22-season Hall of Fame career as a rightfielder for five different teams in Major League Baseball. But Arielle isn’t the only natural athlete in the family. by P. R. Turner | Oct 2, 2013 | News | 0 comments. In 1981, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner made Winfield the game's highest-paid player by signing him to a ten-year, $23 million contract. In addition to track and field, Arielle became a standout volleyball star in high school and even helped her club volleyball team win a silver medal at the Junior Olympics this past year.