Major League Baseball Superstar, First Ballot Hall of Famer, World Series Champion, ESPN Studio Analyst, Successful Businessman, Devoted Philanthropist, and Author.
Dave Winfield has been hailed as one of the greatest athletes ever to play professional sports. One of only 7 players in the history of baseball to reach over 3,000 hits and over 450 home runs, the 12-time All-Star is amongst the all-time leaders in hits, home runs and RBI. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 — his first year of eligibility.
A Williams Scholar at the University of Minnesota, Winfield played both Big Ten basketball and baseball. An All-American in baseball, he was voted MVP of the 1973 College World Series as a pitcher. He is the only athlete ever to be drafted by three professional teams: basketball (ABA Atlanta Hawks and NBA Utah Stars), football (NFL Minnesota Vikings) and baseball (MLB San Diego Padres). In 2007 he was inducted into the first class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
His professional career took off in 1973 when he joined the San Diego Padres, never spending a day in the Minor Leagues. His next stop: eight All-Star seasons with the New York Yankees. In 1990, he joined the California Angels, followed by a magical year with the Toronto Blue Jays where he drove in the winning run of the 1992 World Series. He returned to his native Minnesota Twins where he the 3,000th hit milestone. He ended his 22-year career after the 1995 season with the American League Champion Cleveland Indians.
Dave is currently a studio analyst for ESPN Baseball Tonight, ESPN News and SportsCenter, and a host of the national Baseball Music Project. A member of the board of the San Diego Padres, Winfield continues in professional baseball as executive vice president/senior advisor, and serves as an ambassador for the Ritz Carlton Destination Clubs. Besides appearing in national commercials for ASK.com and Verizon Wireless, he was a baseball analyst for FOX Sports, did voiceover work, and narrated the MLB Network production Pride & Perseverance: The Story of the Negro Leagues.
Dave hosted his own morning drive radio show, On The Ball, in Los Angeles, and wrote a syndicated column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He served as spokesman for New York Summer Jobs for Youth, United Negro College Fund, Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Daily News, Minnesota Board of Education and the Discovery Channel. He also appeared in the movie The Last Home Run, hosted the syndicated television series Greatest Sports Legends, and appeared on Married With Children, The Drew Carey Show, Arli$$, Pros vs. Joes and Windfall.
One of the most respected and versatile motivational speakers on the circuit, Dave addresses diverse audiences from colleges to corporations such as American Express, MasterCard, CDW, CDI, Monster.com, Xerox, IBM, GE Small Business Solutions, General Motors, Bank of America and the FDIC. His dynamic presentations cover a wide range of issues — sports, business, education, health, fitness, teamwork, and substance abuse prevention, corporate productivity, working and playing to win. He also conducts a unique and personal sports seminar series called Baseball Essentials, designed for both parents and children who are interested in growing in the game, winning scholarships to college, or playing professional baseball. He is currently on a national college speaking tour raising funds and awareness for college baseball programs.
Dave is an accomplished author. His autobiography, Winfield: A Player’s Life was a New York Times best seller. He also wrote a drug education book, TURN IT AROUND! There’s No Room Here For Drugs; an acclaimed “how-to” called The Complete Baseball Player; “Ask Dave”, a book of advice for children compiled from his syndicated column, and his latest, Dropping The Ball, an in-depth look at baseball’s current problems and possible solutions. He also is a frequent contributor to newspapers, including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
His tradition of winning goes well beyond the world of sports… into a rich spectrum of philanthropy and business.
A successful entrepreneur, Winfield has owned art galleries and Burger King franchises, and continues business/management consulting with businesses and community organizations today.
Dave was one of the first professional athletes to create a charitable foundation – and inspired many other athletes to do the same. For over 20 years, the Winfield Foundation provided healthcare services, nutritional counseling, scholarships and computer literacy programs to deserving high school students, holiday dinners to families in need, and community outreach programs in and beyond the six Major League cities he called home. His vision enabled him to become an early adopter of and leader in the campaign for health and fitness. At Hackensack Medical Center in New Jersey, his leadership on the board and financial contributions led to the establishment of the Winfield Nutrition Center, still providing services today.
Dave Winfield’s popular Keynotes:
- “Have Character or become a Caricature”
- 5 Levels to Extraordinary Success in Sports, Business and your Life
- Turn it Around- Overcoming Obstacles in your Business, your Workplace and your Life
- Personal Improvement: It’s a Game, a Science and your Business
A couple typical testimonials for Dave:
“Your address to our top broker dealers at what we call the Masters Summit was very appropriate. Thank you for helping us add a unique element to what would have been primarily training and recognition of our top producers. You offered stories that our attendees from across the country could relate to. Your comments in particular about Peak Performers, All Stars and Hall of Famers, was quite appropriate for this group”. – John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. Signator Financial Network, Mauryanne Remondini, Event Marketing Manager.
“Your message to our members, about family physicians becoming better, more consistent messengers of health and fitness advocacy was extremely important. As a top athlete, continue your leadership in this field”. – American Board of Family Medicine, Nicholas J. Pisacano, M.D. President