Bernie Williams

Bernabé Williams Figueroa Jr. (born September 13, 1968) is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball player and musician. He played his entire 16-year career in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the New York Yankees from 1991 through 2006.

A center fielder, Williams was a member of four World Series championship teams with the Yankees. He ended his career with a .297 batting average, 287 home runs, 1,257 runs batted in (RBI), 1,366 runs scored, and 449 doubles. His career fielding percentage was .990. He was a five-time MLB All-Star and won four Gold Glove Awards. He also won the Silver Slugger Award and American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award. Known for his consistency and post-season heroics, Williams is one of the most beloved Yankees of all time and his number, 51, was retired by the Yankees in May 2015. Bernie Williams is widely regarded as one of the greatest switch hitting center fielders in Yankee history.

Williams is also a classically trained guitarist. Following his retirement from baseball, he has released two jazz albums. He was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2009.

Bernie Williams
Bernie Williams at ESPN Weekend
Williams in 2011
Center fielder
Born: September 13, 1968 (age 50)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 7, 1991, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 2006, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average.297
Home runs287
Runs batted in1,257
Career highlights and awards
Bernie Williams
Medal record
Representing  Puerto Rico
CAC Junior Championships (U20)
Silver medal – second place 1984 San Juan 4 × 100 m relay
CAC Junior Championships (U17)
Gold medal – first place 1984 San Juan 200 m
Gold medal – first place 1984 San Juan 400 m
Gold medal – first place 1984 San Juan 4 × 100 m relay
Gold medal – first place 1984 San Juan 4 × 400 m relay

Early life

Bernabé Williams Figueroa Jr. was born to Bernabé Williams Sr., a merchant marine and dispatcher, and Rufina Figueroa, a retired principal and college professor. The Williams family lived in the Bronx until Bernie was one year old, when they moved to Puerto Rico.[1]

Growing up, Williams played classical guitar as well as baseball. He was also active in track and field, winning medals at an international meet at the age of 15. At the 1984 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships in Athletics in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Williams won gold in the 200 metres (m), 400 m, 4 × 100 m relay, and 4 × 400 m relay events for competitors under the age of 17, and the silver medal for the 4 × 100 m relay among competitors younger than 20.[2]

Baseball career

Minor league career

In 1985, Roberto Rivera, a scout for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB), discovered Williams and Williams' friend, Juan González. Though Rivera was not interested in González, who he perceived as not taking the game seriously, he wanted to sign Williams. However, Williams was a few months shy of his 17th birthday, when he would become eligible to sign with an MLB team. The Yankees put Williams in a training camp in Connecticut, near the home of scouting director Doug Melvin.[3] The Yankees officially signed Williams on his 17th birthday.[4][5][6]

While playing in minor league baseball, Williams took a course on biology at the University of Puerto Rico, and considered undertaking a pre-medical track as an undergraduate student. Deciding that he could not excel at baseball and medicine at the same time, Williams decided to focus on baseball.[7] Playing for the Yankees' Double-A team in Albany,[8] he continued to develop his athletic skills – particularly as a switch hitter.[8] Although viewed as a great prospect by Yankee management, his rise to the Majors was delayed by the solid outfield that the team had developed in the early 1990s.[8]

Major league baseball

Williams managed to break into the majors in 1991 to replace the injured Roberto Kelly for the second half of that season. He batted .238 in 320 at bats.[4] He was demoted to the minors until Danny Tartabull was injured, and Williams earned his stay at center by putting up solid numbers.[4]

Williams had become the regular Yankees center fielder by 1993. However, Williams got off to a slow start that season, and Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner, impatient with Williams, insisted that Gene Michael, the team's general manager, trade him.[9] Michael discussed trading Williams for Larry Walker with the Montreal Expos, but did not make the trade.[10] In his first full season with the Yankees, Williams had a .268 batting average.[11]

Buck Showalter helped keep him with the Yankees through 1995, when George Steinbrenner sought to trade him. Steinbrenner was frustrated by the team's difficulty in placing him in any of the traditional baseball player molds. He had good speed, but rarely stole bases. In center, he was highly capable at tracking down fly balls and line drives, but had a weak throwing arm. He was a consistent hitter, but only had mild home run power. Throughout the early 1990s he hit in the middle of the order as management tried to figure out where his best fit was.


Bernie Williams 1999
Williams in 1999

In 1995, Steinbrenner again considered trading Williams, this time to the San Francisco Giants for Darren Lewis.[6] The Yankees kept Williams, who had a breakout season. He hit 18 home runs and led the team in runs, hits, total bases and stolen bases.[4] Williams continued his hot hitting into the postseason, leading the Yankees with a .429 batting average in the 1995 American League Division Series (ALDS) against the Seattle Mariners.

After continuing to improve in 1996, Williams again showcased his skills to the baseball world in the postseason. He batted .467 in the ALDS against Texas and played a sparkling center field. He picked up where he left off in the ALCS against Baltimore, belting an 11th-inning walk-off homer in Game 1. Ending with a .474 ALCS average and two homers, he was named the ALCS MVP. Williams collected just four hits in the 1996 World Series but his 4 RBI led the Yankees and a clutch homer in the eighth inning of Game 3 helped capture the team's first championship since 1978.

Following the 1997 season, Williams again was the subject of trade rumors, this time involving the Detroit Tigers. According to The New York Times sportswriter Murray Chass, Williams was nearly dealt to the Tigers for a package of young pitchers including Roberto Durán and first round draft pick Mike Drumright. Tigers general manager Randy Smith believed a deal had been reached and an official announcement was close, but Yankees general manager Bob Watson denied that was the case, and Williams remained a Yankee.[12][13] Watson also discussed Williams with the Chicago Cubs in a potential trade involving Lance Johnson.[10]

During the 1998 season, in which the Yankees went 114–48 to set a then American League regular season record, Williams finished with a .339 average, becoming the first player to win a batting title, Gold Glove award, and World Series ring in the same year.


Bernie Williams 2004
Williams in 2004

After the 1998 season, Williams signed a seven-year, $87.5-million contract with the Yankees,[4] one of the largest in baseball at the time. The Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks also bid for Williams on the free agent market.[4] For the length of the contract, the Yankees made the playoffs every single year, and as a result Williams continued to add to his postseason statistics, placing in the top 10 of various career postseason categories.


The last year covered by his contract, 2005, proved to be a difficult one. He started 99 games in center field and 22 games as designated hitter, but his already weak arm was highlighted as his fielding and batting abilities considerably weakened. He had a career-worst .321 OBP and batting average on balls in play (.274). As expected, the Yankees announced on August 2, 2005, that they would not pick up the $15 million option on Williams' contract for the 2006 season, opting to pay a $3.5 million buyout instead. In December Williams was offered arbitration by team general manager Brian Cashman to allow an additional month for negotiation. On December 22, the Yankees re-signed Williams to a 1-year, $1.5 million contract.[14]


Bernie Williams
Bernie Williams at bat.

In 2006, Williams saw a good amount of playing time in the corner outfield spots with both Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield out with wrist injuries, and did spot duty in center field on days when starting center fielder Johnny Damon was given time off to rest, playing more than was expected when he signed his one-year extension with the Yankees in 2006.

Williams played for Puerto Rico in the 2006 MLB World Baseball Classic, joining Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltrán, Mike Lowell, Javier Vázquez, and José Vidro amongst others representing the island possession in a team managed by St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo.

On July 26, 2006, Williams got his 2,300th career hit, becoming the 11th active player in the Majors with 2,300 or more career hits. Williams continued to climb the Yankees record books by hitting his 443rd career double on August 16, 2006, surpassing then-bench coach Don Mattingly for second-most as a Yankee. For the year, he walked only 7.3% of the time, a career-worst.


New York Yankee great Bernie Williams coaches Cassie Frank, 2008
Bernie Williams coaching Tee Ball in 2008

After two years of inactivity, Williams returned to action playing for the Gigantes de Carolina in the Puerto Rico Baseball League (formerly LBPPR) interested in gauging his condition prior to a possible participation in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.[15] reported on December 30, 2008 that Williams had injured his quad while playing for Carolina and may not be able to play in the World Baseball Classic for Puerto Rico.

On February 19, 2009 Williams worked out with the Yankees at the team's spring training complex.[16] Williams hinted that if he performs well in the World Baseball Classic he might consider returning to the Yankees.[17] Williams, a fan favorite with the Yankees during the Joe Torre era, still has several friends and former teammates in pinstripes.

Out of contract

Williams' contract expired at the end of the 2006 season. He had hoped to return to the Yankees in 2007 and was willing to accept a role as a back-up outfielder and pinch hitter.[18] The Yankees offered Williams an invitation to spring training as a non-roster invitee, giving him a chance to compete for a job. Williams, however, wanted a guaranteed roster spot and declined the invitation.[19]

On September 21, 2008, Williams made his first return to Yankee Stadium since 2006 for the ceremonies preceding the final game at the stadium. He was the last former player to be introduced and received a standing ovation that lasted a minute and 42 seconds.[20]

In March 2009 he played for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, going 0-for-5 with two walks; after the series concluded, he expressed interest in playing in the Major Leagues again.[21]

Though he would not appear in a Major League Baseball game after 2006, Williams did not officially retire until 2015. At the February 2011 retirement press conference for Andy Pettitte, Williams acknowledged that his career was over and stated that he would officially announce his retirement soon thereafter.[22] On April 22, 2015, it was announced that Williams would officially retire on April 24, 2015, with the Yankees.[23]

Career perspective

Bernie Williams plaque ceremony
Williams with former teammates after the unveiling of his Yankee Stadium plaque. From left: Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Williams, and Derek Jeter.
May 24, 2015

As of 2013, he holds the career postseason record for runs batted in (80). He is also second all-time for postseason home runs (22), doubles (29), total hits (128), total bases (223), and runs scored (83), and third in post-season games played (121). Standing on Yankee all-time lists as of the beginning of the 2008 season:[24]

  • 2nd all-time in doubles
  • 4th all-time in walks
  • 5th all-time in hits
  • 5th all-time in extra-base hits
  • 6th all-time in home runs
  • 6th all-time in RBIs

Williams appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2012. He received 55 votes for 9.6%. The next year, Williams received 19 votes (3.3%). Since he received votes on fewer than 5% of ballots, Williams will not be eligible to appear on future ballots.[25]

The Yankees announced in May 2014 that they would honor Williams with a plaque in Monument Park during the 2015 season.[26] On February 16, 2015, the Yankees also announced that they would be retiring Williams' number 51.[27] On May 24, the Yankees unveiled Williams's plaque and retired his number in a ceremony at Yankee Stadium.[28]

Music career

Bernie Williams YANKEES 2009 Crop
Williams greeting fans during a pregame musical performance at the new Yankee Stadium in 2009

A classically trained guitarist, Williams plays and composes music with influences that include jazz, classical, pop, Brazilian, and Latin sounds. Following his career with the New York Yankees, he studied guitar and composition for a year at the State University of New York at Purchase in preparation for his album, Moving Forward.

Williams signed with Paul McCartney's publishing company, MPL Communications,[29] and his major label debut, The Journey Within, was released on June 22, 2003.[30] In addition to playing lead and rhythm guitar, Williams composed seven songs for the album. Tracks like "La Salsa En Mi" and "Desvelado" mix his love of jazz with Latin rhythms.

The first single was a remix of his "Just Because", featuring David Benoit. Other highlights include Williams' heartfelt tribute to his father, "Para Don Berna", a reworking of the Baden Powell song, "Samba Novo", and "La Salsa En Mi", featuring background vocals from 2003 Grammy Award winner Rubén Blades and salsa legend Gilberto Santa Rosa. Also joining Williams is an all-star ensemble of musicians including multiple Grammy-winning banjo player Béla Fleck, keyboardist David Sancious, percussionist Luis Conte, bassist Leland Sklar, guitarist Tim Pierce, and drummers Kenny Aronoff and Shawn Pelton, among others.

Williams' second major album, Moving Forward, was released on April 14, 2009 under the Reform Records label. The album features fourteen tracks and includes some collaborative tracks with other artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Jon Secada, and Dave Koz.[31] Williams was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Moving Forward.

In 2010, Williams participated in the World Rhythms Tour with Basia. On July 18, 2010 he performed at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games opening ceremony.

In July 2011, Williams' book, Rhythms of the Game, co-authored by Williams, Dave Gluck and Bob Thompson, with a foreword by Paul Simon, was to be published by Hal Leonard Publishing.[32]

Williams was featured on the November/December 2011 cover of Making Music to discuss his life and career in music.[33]

Williams received his Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music on May 13, 2016.[34]


Year Title Chart positions
2003 The Journey Within
  • Released: July 15, 2003
  • Label: GRP
157 3
2009 Moving Forward
  • Released: April 14, 2009
  • Label: Reform
178 2


Bernie's love of music shines through in his philanthropy efforts with Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit organization that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools. Little Kids Rock honored the New York Yankees icon with the 2010 "Big Man of the Year" award at the annual Right to Rock celebration. Williams performed onstage with students and signed some guitars to be auctioned. With the money he helped raise, Williams delivered instruments to a school in the Bronx and gave the students a lesson in music and life.[35]

In August 2015 Bernie Williams and Brandon Steiner made a surprise visit to Camp Adventure, and they helped revive the music program of KiDS NEED MORE, a charitable organization dedicated to creating camping experiences for children, families and young adults coping with cancer and life-threatening illnesses. The surprise visit aired September 15, 2015 on the YES Network on The Hook-Up: Camp Adventure.

In July 2018, Bernie Williams went out to Puerto Rico to take part in a special episode of Bar Rescue on the Paramount Network to help people affected by Hurricane Maria, rebuilding a bar and baseball field.[36]

Personal life

Bernie married wife Waleska on February 23, 1990. They live in Armonk, New York[37] and have three children: Bernie Jr., Beatriz, and Bianca. On 6/14/2018, Bernie stated he was divorced during an interview on ESPN's Highly Questionable. One song on Bernie's 2009 release "Moving Forward" is named after Beatriz (Lullaby for Beatriz). This song is performed by Bernie Williams and his brother, Hiram Williams, on the cello. This song was recorded in Puerto Rico at the Alpha Recording Studios.

Achievements in track and field

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Puerto Rico
1984 Central American and Caribbean Junior San Juan, Puerto Rico 2nd 4 × 100 m relay 41.51
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-17) San Juan, Puerto Rico 1st 200 m 21.99 w   (4. 1st 4 × 100 m relay 42.89
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:22.78


  • Posada, Jorge; Posada, Laura; Williams, Bernie (2009). Fit Home Team: The Posada Family Guide to Health, Exercise, and Nutrition the Inexpensive and Simple Way. Simon and Schuster. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  • Williams, Bernie; Gluck, Dave; Thompson, Bob (2011). Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Musical and Athletic Performance. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 1423499476.

See also


  1. ^ CLAIRE SMITHPublished: October 18, 1996 (October 18, 1996). "Speak Softly, Run Swiftly, Swing Powerfully – New York Times". Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Bernie's Profile". Archived from the original on June 30, 2008. Retrieved September 9, 2008.
  3. ^ Chass, Murray (June 27, 2000). "ON BASEBALL; Yankee Scout Reveals The Error of His Ways". The New York Times.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "The Ballplayers – Bernie Williams Biography". Archived from the original on December 27, 2008. Retrieved September 9, 2008.
  5. ^ "Bernie Williams to manage Futures Game – The LoHud Yankees Blog". June 20, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Tom Verducci (October 21, 1996). "In a breakout performance, Bernie Williams led the – 10.21.96 – SI Vault". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  7. ^ "Bernie Still A Big Hit For Yanks ; Bombers' Williams Passing The Test of Time; Outfielder Takes His Place Among Team's Legends". Puerto Rico Herald. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Bernie Williams Baseball Stats, facts, biography, images and video". The Baseball Page. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  9. ^ "Yanks' Williams Keeping Options Open". October 18, 1998.
  10. ^ a b King, George (February 24, 2002). "Archives – New York Post Online Edition". Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  11. ^ Curry, Jack (September 19, 2008). "No Playoffs Was No Big Deal in 1993". The New York Times.
  12. ^ Chass, Murray (November 20, 1997). "BASEBALL; Williams, Nearly a Tiger, Is Still a Yankee for Now". The New York Times.
  13. ^ "BASEBALL; Bernie Williams to Tigers?". The New York Times. November 19, 1997.
  14. ^ "Williams' playing time is expected to be reduced". Retrieved September 9, 2008.
  15. ^ "End of the road for Bernie Williams? Suffers a serious quad injury… " Zell's Pinstripe Blog". December 30, 2008. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  16. ^ "George Steinbrenner, Bernie Williams appear at New York Yankees spring training – ESPN". February 19, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  17. ^ "Bernie Williams, fresh off World Baseball Classic, considers playing again – ESPN". March 28, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  18. ^ "The Baseball Reader". November 9, 2005. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  19. ^ "Bernie rejects Yanks' camp invite Agent tells AP veteran will not accept non-roster offer". Retrieved October 20, 2008.
  20. ^ Rubin, Roger (September 22, 2008). "Bernie Williams is at Yankee Stadium for one last time". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011.
  21. ^ Bernie Williams Considers Playing Again ESPN, March 28, 2009
  22. ^ "Bernie Williams acknowledges his playing days are over | News". Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  23. ^ "Bernie Williams gets second crack on Hall of Fame ballot | News". Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  24. ^ "YANKEES ALL-TIME LEADERS". Retrieved September 9, 2008.
  25. ^ New Jersey. "Yankees great Bernie Williams fails to receive enough votes to remain on Hall ballot". Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  26. ^ "Yankees to honor Joe Torre, Rich "Goose" Gossage, Tino Martinez, and Paul O'Neill in 2014 with plaques in Monument Park; Torre's uniform no. 6 to also be retired: Ceremonies are part of a recognition series that will include Bernie Williams in 2015". (Press release). May 8, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  27. ^ "Yankees to retire numbers of Pettitte, Posada and Williams". Yahoo!. February 16, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  28. ^ "New York Yankees retire Bernie Williams's No. 51". Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  29. ^ "Bernie Williams Hits Musical Home Run With MPL Communications Deal". March 28, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  30. ^ Kergan, Wade. "Bernie Williams". AllMusic. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  31. ^ "Bernie Williams MySpace Music page". Retrieved March 28, 2009.
  32. ^ Wakin, Daniel J. (June 24, 2011). "Baseball Players Who Play Music, Too". The New York Times. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  33. ^ Yurco, Cherie (December 30, 2011). "Center Fielder Bernie Williams Moves to Center Stage". Making Music Magazine. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  34. ^ "Yankee legend Bernie Williams receives his Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music". Amsterdam News. May 20, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  35. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 29, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Bernie's Little Kids Rock classroom visit
  36. ^ "A "Bar Rescue" in Puerto Rico: Helping a business — and community — rebuild after Hurrica..." Salon. May 26, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  37. ^ Bernie Williams, restaurateur?

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Preceded by
Tim Salmon
Iván Rodríguez
American League Player of the Month
August 1997
May 1998
Succeeded by
Juan González
Rafael Palmeiro
1970 San Francisco Giants season

The 1970 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 88th year in Major League Baseball, their 13th year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 11th at Candlestick Park. The Giants went 86–76, which was good for third place in the National League West, 16 games behind the NL Champion Cincinnati Reds.

1995 American League Division Series

The 1995 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 1995 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. As a result of both leagues realigning into three divisions in 1994, it marked the first time in major league history that a team could qualify for postseason play without finishing in first place in its league or division. The teams were:

(1) Seattle Mariners (Western Division champion, 79–66) vs. (4) New York Yankees (Wild Card, 79–65): Mariners win series, 3–2.

(2) Boston Red Sox (Eastern Division champion, 86–58) vs. (3) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champion, 100–44): Indians win series, 3–0.The format of this series and the NLDS was the same as the League Championship Series prior to 1985, a five-game set wherein the first two games were played at one stadium and the last three at the other. This was much criticized as the team with home field advantage had its games back ended while a team with two games often preferred them in the middle as opposed to three straight in the opposing team's ballpark. The highly unpopular format was changed in 1998 for the present and more logical 2–2–1 format, which has been used in the LDS since except for 2012, when the 2-3 format was used due to the additional of the Wild Card games.

Because of realignment, this was the first time that both the Yankees and the Red Sox reached the playoffs in the same year.The Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians went on to meet in the AL Championship Series (ALCS). The Indians became the American League champion, and lost to the National League champion Atlanta Braves in the 1995 World Series.

1995 Caribbean Series

The thirty-seventh edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was held from February 3 through February 8 of 1995 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The series featured four teams from Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The hometown team, the Senadores de San Juan of the Puerto Rican League won the series. The team was managed by Luis Meléndez. The Most Valuable Player was Roberto Alomar, a second baseman with the Senadores de San Juan.

While the San Juan club had faced difficulty in emerging as the champions of the Puerto Rican Winter League, the team swept its way through the six-game Series by a 49-15 score. The Azucareros del Este of the Dominican League lost one game 16-0 by Puerto Rico. However they won all of their games against the other teams thanks to the arms of José Rijo, Pedro Martínez and Pedro Astacio to place second with a 4-2 record.

Puerto Rico was helped by having many major leaguers who normally would have taken off the time for spring training. Roberto Alomar (.560, 10 RBI, 9 R, .840 SLG, 2 SB) was the Series MVP and he was helped by Bernie Williams (.417, .875 SLG), Juan González (.375, .667 SLG), Edgar Martínez (.375, 9 RBI), Carlos Baerga, Rubén Sierra, a young Carlos Delgado hitting cleanup, Roberto Hernández, Rey Sánchez (.333), Doug Brocail (1-0, 1.00), José Alberro (1-0, 0.00 in 4 games), Eric Gunderson (1-0, 1.13), Ricky Bones and Chris Haney (2.45) among others. Sanchez had won the Puerto Rican Winter League batting title but batted 9th with the superb lineup in front of him.

1996 American League Championship Series

The 1996 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 1996 American League playoffs, matched the East Division champion New York Yankees against the Wild Card team, the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees had the home field advantage in the series because they had won their division and the Orioles were the Wild Card team.

1996 American League Division Series

The 1996 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 1996 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 1, and ended on Saturday, October 5, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:

(1) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champion, 99–62) vs. (4) Baltimore Orioles (Wild Card, 88–74): Orioles win series, 3–1.

(2) Texas Rangers (Western Division champion, 90–72) vs. (3) New York Yankees (Eastern Division champion, 92–70): Yankees win series, 3–1.The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees went on to meet in the AL Championship Series (ALCS). The Yankees became the American League champion, and defeated the of National League champion Atlanta Braves in the 1996 World Series.

1999 American League Championship Series

The 1999 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a matchup between the East Division Champion New York Yankees (98–64) and the Wild Card Boston Red Sox (94–68). The Yankees had advanced to the Series after sweeping the West Division Champion Texas Rangers in the AL Division Series for the second consecutive year, and the Red Sox advanced by beating the Central Division Champion Cleveland Indians three games to two. The Yankees won the series, 4-1. They won their 36th American League pennant and went on to win the World Series against the Atlanta Braves.

2000 American League Championship Series

The 2000 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a matchup between the East Division champion New York Yankees and the Wild Card Seattle Mariners. The Yankees had advanced to the Series after beating the West Division champion Oakland Athletics in the ALDS three games to two and the Mariners advanced by beating the Central Division champion Chicago White Sox three games to none. The Yankees won the Series four games to two and went on to defeat the New York Mets in the World Series to win their third consecutive World Series championship, twenty-sixth overall.

2001 American League Championship Series

The 2001 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a rematch of the 2000 ALCS between the New York Yankees, who had come off a dramatic comeback against the Oakland Athletics in the Division Series after being down two games to zero, and the Seattle Mariners, who had won their Division Series against the Cleveland Indians in five games. The series had additional poignancy, coming immediately after downtown New York City was devastated by the events of September 11, 2001 (the series was played in late October due to Major League Baseball temporarily shutting down in the wake of the attacks). The Yankees would go on to lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series.

Though the Mariners had won an American League record 116 regular season games (tying the major league record established by the 1906 Chicago Cubs), and had home field advantage, the Yankees won the first two games in Seattle. The Mariners' manager, former Yankee player and manager Lou Piniella, guaranteed after Game 2 that the Mariners would win at least two of the next three games in New York to return the series to Seattle. But the Yankees closed out the series in New York, beating the Mariners four games to one. The series ended with a 12–3 Yankees victory in Game 5.

2003 American League Championship Series

The 2003 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was played between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees from October 8 to 16, 2003. The Yankees won the series four games to three to advance to the World Series, where they lost in six games to the National League champion Florida Marlins.

2003 New York Yankees season

The New York Yankees' 2003 season was the 101st season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 101-61 finishing 6 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe Torre. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the playoffs, they defeated the Red Sox in 7 games in the ALCS, winning the pennant on Aaron Boone's dramatic 11th-inning home run. The Yankees advanced to the World Series, losing in a dramatic 6 game series to the Florida Marlins. It would be their second World Series loss in three years and last appearance in a World Series until 2009.

2003 World Series

The 2003 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2003 season. The 99th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Florida Marlins and the American League (AL) champion New York Yankees; the Marlins upset the heavily-favored Yankees, four games to two. The series was played from October 18 to 25, 2003. This is the most recent Series in which the losing team outscored the winning team; the Yankees lost, despite outscoring the Marlins 21–17 in the Series. This was the Marlins' second World Series championship win, having won their first in 1997. As of 2018, this is the last time the Marlins have appeared not only in the World Series, but in the postseason at all.

Bernard Williams (disambiguation)

Sir Bernard Williams (1929–2003) was an English moral philosopher.

Bernard Williams or Bernie Williams may also refer to:

Bernard Williams (priest) (1869–1943), English Anglican priest

Bernard Williams (footballer) (1908–2004), Irish footballer

Bernard Williams (producer) (1942–2015), British film producer and production manager

Bernie Williams (basketball) (born 1945), American basketball player

Bernie Williams (1970s outfielder) (born 1948), American National League baseball outfielder

Bernie Williams (born 1968), American League baseball outfielder

Bernard Williams (gridiron football) (born 1972), American-born Canadian Football League player

Bernard Williams (sprinter) (born 1978), American athlete

Bernie Williams (1970s outfielder)

Bernard Williams (born October 8, 1948) is a former left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the San Francisco Giants (1970–72) and San Diego Padres (1974).

Williams played in a total of 102 major league games in parts of four seasons, batting .192 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 172 at bats. In addition to his appearances in the outfield he was often used as a pinch hitter. He never came close to achieving the success which he had displayed in the minor leagues. Of his four home runs, two were pinch hits.

After his major league career, Williams found much more success in Japan playing for the Hankyu Braves. In six seasons for the Braves, from 1975 until 1980, Williams batted .258 with 96 home runs and 294 RBI. He was selected to the Pacific League All-Star team in 1976.

Bernie Williams (basketball)

Bernard Williams (December 30, 1945 – 2002) was an American basketball player who attended DeMatha Catholic High School, a college preparatory high school in Hyattsville, Maryland near Washington, D.C. In 1965 he was a senior and a starter on the DeMatha team that beat New York City's Power Memorial Academy 46-43 on January 30. Power, led by 7' 1" senior Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) had won 71 games in a row. Sports writers at the time and later called it the greatest high school basketball game ever.

Williams went on to play at La Salle University for four years. As a senior in 1968–69, he averaged 18.4 points per game and led La Salle to a 23-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking. Unfortunately, the Explorers were ineligible for the NCAA and the National Invitational tournaments because of academic and recruiting violations in prior years. In the 1969 NBA draft, Williams was selected by the San Diego Rockets. He played with the Rockets until 1971 and then played three seasons with the Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association alongside Julius Erving.

In 1982, Williams was inducted into the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame. He died of colorectal cancer in 2002.

Julio Fernández (musician)

Julio Fernández (born August 29, 1954) is a Cuban-American guitarist and composer best known as the current and longtime guitarist for the jazz-fusion band Spyro Gyra.

Fernández was born in Havana, Cuba, but grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he started playing guitar at the age of nine. Fernández graduated from Hoboken High School in 1972 and attended Montclair State University as a music major. Before finding paid work as a musician, Fernández worked at various times as a clothing salesman, a messenger in a law firm, a newspaper delivery man and in a coat factory. In 1984, his friend Gerardo Velez, Fernández's collaborator on various projects and the percussionist for Spyro Gyra at that time, told him the band was looking for a new guitarist. Fernández auditioned and was hired the next day -- an event he described as "one of the happiest days of my life."

Fernández has also worked for a variety of other musicians, including Bernie Williams, Chuck Loeb, Dave Samuels, Phoebe Snow, Richie Cannata, David Broza, Eric Marienthal, B.B. King, Emmanuel and Marion Meadows.

Moving Forward

Moving Forward is the second studio album by former New York Yankees outfielder turned jazz musician, Bernie Williams.

The Abstinence

"The Abstinence" is the 143rd episode of the American sitcom Seinfeld. This was the ninth episode for the eighth season. It was originally broadcast on the NBC network on November 21, 1996.

The Journey Within

The Journey Within is the debut album by Bernie Williams, who at the time of its release was still an outfielder for the New York Yankees. Released on July 15, 2003 through GRP Records, Williams played both lead and rhythm guitar on the album and also composed seven of the album's songs. The album managed to peak at 151 on the Billboard 200 and 3 on the Top Contemporary Jazz album charts.


Yankeeography is a biography-style television program that chronicles the lives and careers of the players, coaches, and other notable personnel associated with the New York Yankees Major League Baseball team. The series is aired on the YES Network and is produced by MLB Productions. The series is hosted by Yankees radio personality John Sterling. The series has earned five New York Sports Emmy Awards since its inception. In addition to airing on YES, MLB Productions has packaged many of the shows into DVD boxed sets.

After debuting as a weekly show with the 2002 launch of YES, Yankeeography only debuts new episodes periodically (as there are fewer prominent Yankees yet to be spotlighted). For instance, four episodes premiered in 2006: Tino Martinez, David Cone, the Yankees' 1996 World Series team, and Billy Martin. All Yankees with retired numbers have had shows completed with the exception of Bill Dickey. The show has been criticized for producing episodes on players who remain active while Hall of Famers from much earlier eras such as Jack Chesbro, Tony Lazzeri, Red Ruffing and Lefty Gomez were not profiled. Some profiles have been updated to reflect new developments.

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