Minnesota's Dave Winfield has been named Big Ten Icon No. 15. The countdown of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, continues at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 19, with a profile of the St. Paul, Minn., native, the first person in history to be drafted by teams in the NFL (Minnesota Vikings), NBA (Atlanta Hawks) and MLB (San Diego Padres). The episode contains exclusive interviews with Winfield, Kevin McHale, Paul Molitor, Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson, former Minneapolis Star-Tribune writer Jon Roe and others.
Winfield played baseball and basketball at Minnesota. As a junior, Winfield helped the Gophers win the 1972 Big Ten basketball title. As a senior, Winfield averaged more than 10 points and six rebounds, helping the basketball team to a 21-5 record. On the baseball diamond, he was one of the best players in the country. He posted a 9-1 record on the mound, with 109 strikeouts in 82 innings, and hit .385 at the plate to lead Minnesota to the Big Ten championship and a third-place finish at the College World Series.