Dave Rosenfield played briefly in the pro ranks in the 1950s. He served as General Manager of the Tidewater and Norfolk Tides for over 45 years. He was the first general manager in team history having started the job in 1963 and held the role until he stepped aside in 2011. In this time he has won four International League Executive of the Year Awards ('75, '82, '87 & '93). The Tides have won 5 International League titles under him. Rosenfield also served as Vice President of the League since 1977.
Rosenfield was awarded the President's Trophy for most complete franchise in 1993, Baseball America Triple-A Bob Freitas Award in 1994 and was named the 2004 "King of Baseball". He was inducted into the Tidewater Shrine, the teams Hall of Fame. In 2008, he was named to the International League Hall of Fame.
Rosenfield had a impact on more than just baseball in the Norfolk area serving as interim GM of the ABA's Virginia Squires, and GM of the semi-pro football Norfolk Neptunes and the Southern Hockey Leagues Tidewater Sharks.