Gerald Williams Death – Gerald Floyd Williams, an American professional baseball outfielder dies of cancer complications on February 8, 2022, at the age of 55. Williams was one of three Atlanta Braves to appear on Saturday Night Live when he made a cameo appearance alongside teammates Mark Wohlers and Pedro Borbón Jr. on the December 20, 1997, episode hosted by Helen Hunt.
Who was Gerald Floyd Williams?
From 1992 to 2005, American outfielder Gerald Floyd Williams competed for the New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and New York Mets in Major League Baseball. Williams played center field for the Brewers on a regular basis for the first time in 1997. He batted.253 with the Milwaukee Brewers during that season, contributing 10 home runs, 41 RBI, 23 base steals, and 44 extra-base hits.
Williams had 12 brothers and sisters. He resided in Tampa, Florida, and was one of the best friends of Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter. Jeter said of Willliams that he “always looked out for me”.
Gerald Floyd Williams Career In Baseball
Williams was chosen by the New York Yankees in the 14th round, 366th overall, of the 1987 Major League Baseball Draft from Grambling State University. He had a batting line of.365/.447/.504 in 115 at-bats for Oneonta in the New York-Penn League in 1988. He also hit two home runs. He was subsequently sent up to High-A baseball, where he spent the following two seasons hitting.210.
He hit.289/.344/.461 while playing in the notoriously difficult for hitters Florida State League. He was promoted to AA and the Eastern League mid-season. He batted.250/.328/.435 there. He totaled 140 hits, 20 home runs, 101 RBIs, and 37 stolen bases while batting.265 overall. He had a batting line of.285/.334/.452 in 1992, hitting 36 steals, 86 RBIs, and 16 home runs.
Williams made his MLB debut on September 15, 1992, at the age of 25. Williams returned to the major leagues in 1994 after a brief time in the minors in 1993, but he was injured and played sparingly. He only batted.239. In 1995, when he was given more chances to play off the bench, he batted.247 with six home runs in 182 at-bats.
Williams played more in 1996, logging 233 at-bats while hitting.270 with five home runs. That season, he started more left field games for the Yankees than any other player with 70. He had six hits in a 15-inning contest against Baltimore on May 1 to create a new Yankees team record.
Williams and Bob Wickman were exchanged by the Yankees for Graeme Lloyd, Pat Listach, and Ricky Bones by the Milwaukee Brewers on August 23, 1996. Williams batted.207 in 1996 following the transfer. Williams had 325 at-bats throughout the season, batting.252 with 28 extra-base hits. When the New York Yankees later won the series that year, Williams still received his first World Series Championship ring despite the trade.
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