Gerald Williams died Tuesday morning after battling cancer at the young age of 55. The news was announced by best friend and former teammate, Derek Jeter, via The Players’ Tribune.
Williams was a right-handed hitter from New Orleans, La. He was drafted by the Yankees in 1987 and made his major league debut with them in 1992. One of his memorable plays will be the catch he made during the early innings of Dwight Gooden’s no-hitter in 1996 when he robbed Alex Rodriguez of an extra-base hit.
1996: RIP Gerald Williams at 55. One of the young NYY from the early 90s that helped start the dynasty. He played for #Yankees from 92-96 & returned in 01-02. He missed the World Series as he was traded to Brewers for Lloyd. He helped save @DocGooden16 no hitter in 1st off @AROD pic.twitter.com/bGYT10Oz1B
— BronxBombersVCR (@BronxBombersVCR) February 8, 2022
Williams played five seasons with the Yankees and was traded to the Brewers in August of 1996. He still received a World Series ring from the Yankees that year because of his role on the team. The Brewers traded Williams to the Braves in 1997. He competed against his former teammates in the 1999 World Series against the Yankees.
Williams played with the then-known Devil Rays in 2000 and he was released in 2001. A memorable moment was the benches-clearing after being hit by a pitch thrown by Pedro Martinez of the Red Sox.
He joined the Yankees again for the remaining of 2001 and 2002. He got his second World Series ring in 2003 with the Marlins when they beat the Yankees. Lastly, he signed with the Mets for two seasons before being released and decided to retire in 2005.
His line reads as .255/.301/.410, 85 home runs, 365 RBIs, and 106 stolen bases in 1,168 games in his career.
#VIDEO Pedro Martínez Vs Gerald Williams
— Periódico El Día (@ElDia_do) February 8, 2022
MENTOR AND FRIEND
He was a mentor to Derek Jeter and they remained best friends until the end. Williams was part of the celebration at Yankee Stadium when Jeter’s number was retired. He touched many lives throughout his career and after.
Bernie Williams on the passing of his former teammate Gerald Williams: pic.twitter.com/YVLXgV35nU
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 8, 2022
He will be greatly missed.