Winfield also won the national championship with the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, a summer league for outstanding collegiate baseball players.
Winfield played baseball and basketball at an extraordinary level. This a testimonial to his hard work where he achieved excellence at two highly competitive and demanding sports that led to him becoming the first athlete to be drafted by four different leagues (NBA, ABA, NFL, MLB).
His 10-year, $23 million contract with the Yankees set the standard not only for many other baseball players but for athletes in other sports who followed him.
His career stats: Most Outstanding Player in the College Baseball World Series 1973. 12-time Major League Baseball All-Star selection who amassed 3,110 hits, 465 home runs and 1.833 RBI, award winner, and a six-time Silver Slugger Award winner. The Padres retired Winfield’s No. 31 in his honor.