TEANECK, N.J. -- Happy birthday to Teaneck's Dave Winfield!
Winfield, who's been inducted into both the Baseball Hall of Fame and the College Baseball Hall of Fame, turns 65 Monday, Oct. 3.
Winfield played both basketball and baseball for the University of Minnesota and was drafted by the San Diego Padres and immediately played in the Major Leagues. Far beyond the rarity of that, however, he was drafted by three other teams, in two other sports -- including football, which he never even played in college.
He played for the Padres for eight seasons and was a multi-year All-Star player, before signing with the New York Yankees, after becoming a free agent. He signed a then-record 10-year $23 million contract. He excelled as a Yankee, too, spending nine years with the team.
Winfield also spent time with the California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians.
He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001, the first year he was eligible. Since retiring, he's also been an analyst for FOX and ESPN, an executive vice president for the Padres, and he currently has a leadership role with the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Winfield has also written five books.
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