Thursday, May 30, 2013

#180 - Dave Winfield

What a card: Dave Winfield had just finished a pretty decent 1984 in which he set career highs for batting average (.340) and base hits (193). But his home run total dropped from 32 in 1983 to 19 in 1984, which was definitely noted by the New York media.

My observation on the front: This is the fifth of seven straight Topps cards showing Winfield in action at the plate. From 1981-87, he's got a bat in his hands.

More opinion from me: There's that sweeping swing for which Winfield was known. It looks like he hit something almost one-handed.

Something you might know: Winfield became the highest-paid player in history on Dec. 15, 1980 when he signed a 10-year, $23.3 million contract with the Yankees.

Something you might not know: Here's some pretty neat early '70s footage of Winfield pitching and hitting as a member of the Alaska Goldpanners.

My observation on the back: Winfield's stolen base totals fell way off in New York, but he did bounce back to steal 19 bases in '85 after his six in 1984.

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