“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #7
Dave Winfield – 1974 Topps – #456
Dave Winfield is another prime example of a ‘5-tool player’. With his amazing offensive and defensive skills, Winfield shined as a major leaguer for 22 seasons. Winfield was a monster of a man. Standing at 6 foot, 6 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds during his playing days, Winfield was physically imposing as he got in his batting stance. And he wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers for more than 2 decades. With a career batting average of .283, Winfield collected 3,110 hits during his career. Add to that his impressive 465 home runs and 1,833 RBI, and you have an incredible power hitter. But, the amazing thing about Winfield was his athletic ability. Not too many guys his size were fast. But Winfield was, and he proved it over and over again as he amassed 223 stolen bases during his career. And in the field, he was brilliant!! With his speed and an arm that launched baseballs like a cannon, Winfield was often recognized as one of the best arms in all of baseball. Dave Winfield finished in the Top 12 for the MVP award 9 times. He was a 12-time All-star, a 6-time Silver Slugger winner, and a 7-time Gold Glove winner.
Dave Winfield played in 2 World Series contests – 1 in 1981 as a member of the New York Yankees, and 1 in 1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays. Winfield ended up winning 1 championship ring in ’92 with the Blue Jays.
Dave Winfield was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.