Gerald Williams, former Yankees outfielder, dead at 55

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Gerald Williams, who had two stints with the Yankees, has died after a fight with cancer, Derek Jeter announced. He was 55.

Williams was drafted by the Yankees in 1987 and made his debut in pinstripes in 1992. The outfielder played five seasons in The Bronx before being traded to the Brewers during the 1996 season. Williams returned in 2001 and played parts of two more seasons for the Yankees.

“Gerald Williams passed away this morning after a battle with cancer,” Jeter said in a statement on The Players’ Tribune Twitter account.

Gerald Williams playing for the Yankees in 1995
Gerald Williams playing for the Yankees in 1995
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“To my teammate and one of my best friends in the world, rest in peace, my brother. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Liliana, and their whole family.”

The New Orleans native retired after the 2005 seasons after two seasons with the Mets. Williams was a .255 career hitters in 1,168 games.



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