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New York Yankees: Problems for Dave Winfield Began With the 1981 World Series

Dec. 15, 1980, George Steinbrenner, the erstwhile owner of the New York Yankees, thought that he had signed free-agent outfielder Dave Winfield to a 10-year contract for $16 million.

As unbelievable as it seems, Mr. Steinbrenner had misunderstood the contract. The pact, thanks to a cost of living clause, would be valued at $23 million.

It was the beginning of a tumultuous stay in New York for the future Hall of Famer.

The Yankees won the pennant in 1981 after a three-year drought. They faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. The Yankees had beaten the Dodgers in 1977 and 1978 to become World Champions.

Winfield went hitless in the first two games at Yankee Stadium, but the Yankees won both.

The teams traveled to Los ...

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