In this episode of “Baseball related songs”, we pay attention to an instrumental performance by Bernie Williams, the former center fielder of the New York Yankees.
In more than one way this “song” is baseball-related. First of all the song itself, which was released for the first time in 1908. But also the person who performs it in this version.
Bernie Williams was the center fielder for the New York Yankees from 1991 through 2006. He played his entire career with the Bronx Bombers. According to several connoisseurs, Williams was a so so outfielder who made up his lack of judgment with his speed. Williams was a member of four World Series championship teams with the Yankees (1996, 1998-2000). He ended his career with a .297 batting average, 287 home runs, 1,257 runs batted in (RBI), 1,366 runs scored, 449 doubles, and a .990 fielding percentage. Next to five All-Star Game appearances, he won the AL batting title in 1998. He was also named ALCS MVP in 1996. As he is widely regarded as one of the greatest switch-hitting center fielders in Yankee history, Bernie was immensely popular among the Yankee fans. In honor of spending his entire career with the Yankees, Williams was given a plaque in Monument Park of Yankee Stadium.
After his baseball career, the classical schooled guitarist made two jazz albums. 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.
With his music, Williams collects money for charity. He is performing in charity concerts at times to collect money for Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit organization that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools.
The added video starts with the announcement Williams got in Yankee Stadium with Bob Sheppard (the Voice of God) calling his name and uniform number. In the video, several highlights from his baseball career are shown. Williams plays the composition at the old Yankee Stadium.