Dave Winfield Statue Project

The Story

Fairbanks Alaska Dave Winfield Statue Project: Dave Winfield is a former Alaska Goldpanner (1971-1972) who played Major League Baseball for 22 years and is a member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. There was an article in The New York Times describing how Brett Boone, another former Goldpanner, was teasing Winfield because Winfield didn’t have a statue. As a Goldpanner, Winfield hit a legendary home run out of Growden Field that crossed First Avenue and landed on the roof of the Fairbanks Curling Club. The concept was born, Winfield needs a statue. Given Winfield’s tenure in Fairbanks with the Goldpanners, and his home run, Fairbanks is the perfect place to locate the statue.

Dave Mark Winfield

Born in 1951, Winfield is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) right fielder. He is the special assistant to the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.  Over his 22-year career, he played for six teams: the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, and Cleveland Indians. He accumulated statistics that affirmed his incredible power (3,110 hits, 465 HRs, and 1833 RBIs), stout defense (7 Gold Gloves), 12 time MLB All Star, six-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He had the winning hit in the 1992 World Series with the Blue Jays over the Atlanta Braves.

In 2004, ESPN named him the third-best all-around athlete of all time in any sport. He is a member of both the Baseball Hall of Fame and College Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2023 Winfield was honored with the Rawlings Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dave Winfield Goldpanners Card
Gary Lee Price and Dave Winfield Statue

The Statue

Mr. Winfield has agreed to allow a statue to be created and erected in Fairbanks. In 2022, Gary Lee Price, a nationally recognized artist, completed the Walter Harper Statue that now stands in front of the Doyon Ltd. Fairbanks headquarters in Fairbanks. Mr. Price has agreed to complete the statue of Mr. Winfield. The cost of the statue is $120,000, with a total budget estimated at $250,000. The form of the statue has been completed by Mr. Price (image below) and approved by Mr. Winfield.

An initial discussion with Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) Mayor Bryce Ward resulted in a positive response on placing the statue on property owned by the FNSB along First Ave, across from Growden, between the Fairbanks Curling Club and Carlson Center.

The statue will be completed and unveiled June 21st, 2024, before the 2024 Alaska Goldpanners Midnight Sun Game. Mr. Winfield will throw out the first pitch at the game.

As a 509 a 3 Public Foundation, Tanana Valley Youth Sports Foundation (TVYSF) will accept restricted contributions. Contributions designate for the Winfield Statue Project can only be used for the Project as specified by the Donor.