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Dave Winfield


1951 Born October 3 in St. Paul, Minnesota
1971 While a student at University of Minnesota, arrested in snowblower theft
1973 Drafted by San Diego Padres (baseball), Atlanta Hawks and Utah Stars (basketball), and Minnesota Vikings (football); chooses Padres and moves to California with $50,000 signing bonus
1977 Founds David M. Winfield Foundation
1978 Named Padres captain; meets businessman Albert S. Frohman, who becomes his agent
1980 As free agent, signs ten-year contract with New York Yankees on December 15
1984 Narrowly loses race with Yankee hitter Don Mattingly for American League batting champion; woman claiming to be Winfield's common law wife sues for support of her daughter; David M. Winfield Foundation is audited for suspected financial misconduct
1985 Woman sues Winfield on charges that he gave her venereal disease
1988 Marries Tonya Turner on February 18—they will have twins; publishes controversial autobiography, Winfield: A Player's Life
1989 Undergoes back surgery and misses a season of baseball
1990 Traded to the California Angels
1992 As free agent, signs with Toronto Blue Jays; Blue Jays win World Series after Winfield's double in 11th inning of sixth game drives in winning runs
1993 Signs with Minnesota Twins
1995 Plays 46 games with Cleveland Indians
1996 Retires from baseball; joins FOX-TV as baseball analyst
2001 Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
2002 Named vice president/senior advisor of the San Diego Padres

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