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Dave Winfield is a motivational speaker, hall of fame baseball player, consultant, and bestselling author. He has been hailed as one of the greatest athletes ever to play professional sports. One of only 7 players in the history of baseball to reach over 3,000 hits and over 450 home runs, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001—his first year of eligibility. Dave also has the distinction of being the only athlete ever to be drafted by four professional sport leagues: basketball (NBA Atlanta Hawks, ABA Utah Stars), football (NFL Minnesota Vikings) and baseball (MLB San Diego Padres).
As one of the most respected and versatile motivational speakers on the circuit, Dave’s dynamic presentations cover a wide range of issues—sports, business, education, health, fitness, teamwork, substance abuse prevention, corporate productivity, working, and playing to win.
He has addressed diverse audiences from colleges to corporations, such as American Express, MasterCard, CDW, CDI, Monster.com, Xerox, IBM, GE Small Business Solutions, General Motors, The Hartford, Bank of America, and the FDIC.
Dave is an accomplished author of several books. His autobiography, Winfield: A Player’s Life was a New York Times bestseller. His other works include the drug education book, TURN IT AROUND! There’s No Room Here For Drugs; the acclaimed “how-to book” The Complete Baseball Player; “Ask Dave”; Dropping The Ball, an in-depth look at baseball’s current problems and possible solutions; and his first EBook, Winning it All Inning by Inning. And he has been a frequent contributor to newspapers, including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
Dave is currently a management consultant, Advisor to the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association in New York. Previously, he worked as a studio analyst for ESPN Baseball Tonight, ESPN News and SportsCenter; a host of the national Baseball Music Project; a member of the board of the San Diego Padres Professional Baseball; an Executive Vice President/Senior Advisor for the Padres club, and an ambassador for the Ritz Carlton Destination Clubs.
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Dave was one of the first professional athletes to create a charitable foundation—and inspired many other athletes to do the same. For over 20 years, the Winfield Foundation has provided healthcare services, nutritional counseling, scholarships and computer literacy programs to deserving high school students, holiday dinners to families in need, and community outreach programs in and beyond the six Major League cities he called home.
His charitable work has earned him numerous honors, including the YMCA Brian Piccolo Award for Humanitarian Service, the first Branch Rickey Community Service Award, American League Joe Cronin Award, Josh Gibson Leadership Award and Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award, and was selected as one of America’s 10 Outstanding Young Men.
He resides in Bel Air, California with his wife Tonya.