Hall of Famer, and MLB star Athlete Dave Winfield talks life, philanthropy, and his latest initiative with Sheraton Hotels & Resorts–just in time for the holiday weekend!
Dave Winfield is participating a digital content series entitled “Beyond Influential” as part of Sheraton Hotels & Resorts partnership with Major League Baseball, where he discusses how people have gone beyond for him and the impact it had on his life.
About Dave Winfield:
Dave’s athletic career began in 1973 with the San Diego Padres, followed by 8 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 3,000th hit milestone with the Twins. He ended his 22-year career after the 1995 season with the American League Champion Cleveland Indians. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 — his first year of eligibility. He currently serves as special assistant to the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Dave was the first active athlete to create a charitable Foundation, and inspired many others to do the same. For 22 years, the Winfield Foundation provided healthcare, nutritional counseling, scholarships, holiday dinners and substance abuse prevention to in and beyond the 6 major league cities in which he played. This earned him numerous honors, including: the YMCA Brian Piccolo Award, the Branch Rickey Community Service Award and Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award. He was awarded honorary Doctorate of Laws from both Syracuse University and Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and was selected one of America’s 10 Outstanding Young Men.
Winfield has served on the boards of President Clinton’s National Service Program, Morehouse School of Medicine, Hackensack Medical Center, Century Council, Authentify, Inc., and on the advisory boards of the MLB Players Trust and the Peace Corps. A long-time member of the board of the San Diego Padres, his is now Executive Vice President/Senior Advisor of the ball club.
Dave was a studio analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, a host of the national Baseball Music Project, and hosted his own morning drive radio show, On The Ball, in L.A. He served as spokesman for New York Summer Jobs for Youth, United Negro College Fund, Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Daily News, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Board of Education and the Discovery Channel. He 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.
He is one of the most respected and versatile motivational speakers on the circuit, addressing audiences from colleges to corporations such as American Express, MasterCard, John Hancock, 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: motivation & success, corporate productivity, sports & fitness, health & education, teamwork and leadership.
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; a compilation of syndicated children’s advice column called “Ask Dave”, and his latest, Dropping The Ball (released in paperback as Making the Play), an in-depth look at baseball’s current problems and possible solutions. He also is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
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