I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended Minnesota
Univ. and in 1973, compiled a 13-1 pitching record for the
'Golden Gophers' and was named the MVP of the College World
Series. I was drafted by professional teams in basketball,
baseball and football. I decided to sign with the San Diego
Padres and joined the club immediately by-passing the minor
leagues. I was a star rightfielder with a powerful throwing
arm. In 1977, I made the All-star team and appeared
in 12 consecutive All-star games thereafter. I enjoyed playing
in San Diego and in 1979, I slugged 34 HR's, .308 BA and
led the NL with 118 RBI's. I became in high demand after
that season and signed with the New York Yankees. I helped
the Yankees win the pennant in 1981 by beating both the
Brewers and A's in the playoffs - we lost to the Dodgers
in the World Series.
I drove in over 100 runs from 1982-1986 and in 1984 batted
.340. I won 'Gold Gloves' in 1979, 80, 82-85, 87.
My long legs 6' 6", 220 lbs helped me rundown balls
hit by opponents and even if I say so, I had a strong arm.
I missed all of 1990 and decided to leave George Steinbrenner
and his Yanks and played for sunny California in 1991 where
I swatted 28 HR's. In 1992, I was in Canada playing for
the Blue Jays when I accidentally beaned and killed a seagull
and this caused me great embarrassment, but still hit 26
HR's with 108 RBI's. The next season I found myself on the
Minnesota Twins (it was good to be back!). Anyway, I put
up 'Hall of Fame' numbers by getting 3,110 hits and hit
over 500 D and over 450 HR's in my long career.