Here’s a look at the rookie card for the Padres first real superstar. That of course is Dave Winfield. He was drafted 4th overall by the Padres in 1973 and went straight to the majors – he was one of the rare players who never played an inning in the minor leagues. Like Tony Gwynn, Winfield also played basketball in college, starring for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
I never saw Winfield in a Padre uniform. In fact, I always thought he was a product of the Yankees system. It wasn’t until I was in junior high did I learn that Dave Winfield got his start playing for my beloved Padres. He spent eight seasons with the Friars, until he left for the Big Apple and a huge (for that time) 10 year, $23 million contract. Winfield still ranks second on the Padres all-time for home runs and RBI’s. He was also the third Padre to have his number retired, after Steve Garvey and Randy Jones.