CWS: Dave Winfield sighting

By Eric Sorenson - June 17, 2006

As most of you probably saw on TV, the legendary Dave Winfield is in the house today. He provided me with one of my most memorable moments in my personal College World Series history. Actually, it was probably my first memory.

In 1973, Winfield pitched for Minnesota in a semi-final game against powerful USC (which featured players like Roy Smalley and Fred Lynn). Winfield struck out 15 SC batters through eight innings. The Gophers led SC 7-0 at the time. After those eight innings, my father and I decided to head home for the night, sure that Minnesota - the team we decided to pull for that week - had things well in hand.

As you might know, SC came back to score eight runs in the ninth to pull out an improbable win and advance to the championship game.

But, back in those days, night games started at 8pm, so by the time we got home, the evening news was over and I didn't find out that Minnesota had lost 'til the next morning's radio news.

Turns out that Winfield, walked the first batter in the 9th, then had the second batter reach on an error. After that, he was pulled from the game, watching helplessly as the Gopher bullpen imploded.

Another side note, as a wee youngin', this was the first game I ever kept a scorecard on. My father kept that program for me all these years.

Posted by Eric Sorenson at 03:08 PM on June 17, 2006

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