Gerald Williams is a name that’s familiar to most baseball fans. Gerald was never a superstar, but the outfielder enjoyed a long career as a major leaguer. Williams is also notable because of his close friendship with Yankees legend Derek Jeter.

Williams passed away today at the age of 55. Gerald had been battling cancer. Derek Jeter took to The Players Tribune to express his grief over his dear friend.

Jeter released a statement that announced Williams’ sad passing as well as honored him. Jeter offered thoughts and prayers to the Williams family. Derek said he lost not only a teammate but a brother.

“Gerald Williams passed away this morning after a battle with cancer. 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.”


Gerald Williams started his career after being drafted in the 14th round by the Yankees in 1987. His lengthy career includes the honor of holding the record for most hits in a single game by a Yankees player. Williams recorded the feat on May 1, 1996, in a 15 inning game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Gerald Williams was a favorite among many New York Yankees fans. Derek Jeter counts himself among them. The entire staff at Thirsty is sending out best wishes to the Williams family during this difficult time.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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