A Salute To Saint Paul's Hall of Famers, Saints To Honor Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield Presented By Killebrew Root BeerST. PAUL, MN August 9, 2016
Before entering the pantheon of Major League Baseball, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield began their incredible journey on the playgrounds of Saint Paul. The St. Paul Saints will bring the two to CHS Field, just a few miles from where they got their start, and honor the two icons presented by Killebrew Root Beer.
On Thursday, August 11 Molitor and Winfield will be in attendance for the 7:05 p.m. Saints game and a memorable pre-game ceremony will take place on the field prior to the game. The festivities will include speeches from the Mayor of Saint Paul, Chris Coleman, Minnesota Twins President Dave St. Peter and Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Derek Sharrer. Molitor and Winfield will receive special plaques during the on field ceremony.
Molitor was a champion from the beginning. Growing up playing at Oxford playgrounds he would go on to help Cretin High School win two State Championships in 1973 and 1974 before helping Attucks Brooks American Legion claim the 1974 State Tournament.
At the University of Minnesota Molitor was an All-American and All-Big Ten during his sophomore and junior year. His superior talent landed him as a third round draft pick by the Milwaukee Brewers following his junior season.
Molitor played for three teams during his incredible career and was a seven time All-Star and won four Silver Slugger Awards. He helped the Brewers reach the World Series in 1982 and became the first player to collect five hits in a World Series game as he hit .355 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
In 1993 Molitor not only won his first World Championship as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, but he was named World Series MVP.
On September 16, 1996 Molitor would etch his name in the history books when he collected his 3,000th hit, with his hometown team, the Minnesota Twins, on his way to 3,319 in his remarkable career.
In 2004 Molitor was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
From the Oxford playground to Central High School and finally back-to-back State Championships with Attucks Brooks American Legion, Winfield became a star in St. Paul.
Winfield would increase that star power at the University of Minnesota where he was an All-American, All-Big Ten and eventually named MVP of the College World Series.
His status became legendary when he was drafted in four sports: ABA, NBA, NFL and MLB. He chose the opportunity to play in the Major Leagues electing to play for the San Diego Padres, skipping the minor league all together, after his incredible performance at the College World Series.
Winfield played for six different Major League teams, was a 12-time All-Star, seven time Gold Glove Award winner and won the Silver Slugger Award six times. He won a World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and became a member of the illustrious 3,000 hit club on September 16, 1993, fittingly with his hometown team, the Minnesota Twins. He would finish his career with 3,110 hits.
In 2001 Winfield was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame and five years later, in 2006, the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
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