Hutch Award Luncheon

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Keynote Speaker

Dave Winfield

Dave Winfield has been hailed as one of the greatest athletes ever to play professional sports. One of only seven players in the history of baseball to reach over 3,000 hits and over 450 home runs, the 12-time All-Star is among the all-time leaders in hits, home runs and RBI, and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 – his first year of eligibility.

Dave Winfield

Dave Winfield

Photo courtesty of Dave Winfield

Winfield began his career as a Williams Scholar at the University of Minnesota, where he played Big Ten basketball and baseball. An All American in baseball, he was voted MVP of the 1973 College World Series as a pitcher and was a number one draft pick. Even today, Winfield is the only athlete to be drafted in three professional sports: basketball (Atlanta Hawks and Utah Stars), football (Minnesota Vikings) and baseball (San Diego Padres).

His professional baseball career took off in 1973 when he joined the San Diego Padres. 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. Dave returned to his native Minnesota and reached the 3,000 hit milestone with the Twins. He ended his 22-year career after the 1995 season with the American League Champion Cleveland Indians.

Winfield was the first active athlete to create a charitable foundation – and inspired many of today’s athletes to do the same. For over 20 years, the Winfield Foundation has provided healthcare services, nutritional counseling, educational scholarships, holiday meals and hope to underprivileged families. The foundation also developed Turn It Around, an international community-action campaign to prevent substance abuse. For his charitable work, Winfield has earned the YMCA’s Brian Piccolo Award for Humanitarian Service, baseball’s first Branch Rickey Community Service Award, the American League’s Joe Cronin Award, the Josh Gibson Leadership Award, and Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award.