Winfield's also famous for the "sea gull incident".

On August 4, 1983, while playing a road game for the New York Yankees against the Toronto Blue Jays (back when the Jays played in Exhibition Stadium), Winfield hit a sea gull with a baseball while warming up in the outfield between innings, killing it.

After the game, a shocked Winfield was arrested by Canadian authorities and charged with cruelty to animals.

Yankees manager Billy Martin said of the incident "Maybe when the Blue Jays come to New York next week, we should hold a memorial service for the bird. We can bury it back there by the monuments with the Babe".

The charges were dropped the next day.