ARMONK, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Armonk’s Bernie Williams!
Bernabé Williams Figueroa Jr., a long time Armonk resident, turns 46 on Saturday.
Williams, a retired professional baseball player and musician, was born Sept. 13, 1968, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He played his entire 16-year career in Major League Baseball 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 retired with a .297 batting average, 287 home runs, 1,257 runs batted in (RBI), 1,366 runs scored, and 449 doubles. 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.
Williams is also a classically trained guitarist. Following his absence from baseball, he has released two jazz albums. He was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2009.
Williams' love of music comes 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.
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