Four-Time World Champion Bernie Williams Brings His Writing and Musical Talents to Hall of Fame Aug. 12

Yankees Legend to be Featured in Authors’ Series Program and Book Signing; Talented Outfielder-Turned-Guitarist to Perform ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’

August 04, 2011
Bernie Williams was a four-time World Champion on the baseball diamond and an accomplished jazz musician. (Bill Menzel)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – On the baseball diamond, Bernie Williams blended creativity and talent into five All-Star Game selections and four World Series titles as a member of the New York Yankees.

But Williams' talent did not retire when he left Major League Baseball following the 2006 season. Instead, Williams' creative outlet became music – and the story of his remarkable journey from outfielder to musician will be told in Cooperstown on Aug. 12 at a special series of programs at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Williams will make a memorable appearance at the Hall of Fame as part of the Museum's Authors' Series program. He will discuss his new book "Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Musical and Athletic Performance," along with co-authors Dave Gluck and Bob Thompson, in two one-hour long events: One starting at 2:30 p.m. and another at 5:30 p.m. Both programs, which will be held in the Museum's Grandstand Theater, will be followed by an hour-long book signing for those in attendance at the programs.

Copies of "Rhythms of the Game" will be available in the Hall of Fame Bookstore.

Then at 8 p.m., Williams – an accomplished jazz guitarist who was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for his 2009 album Moving Forward – will perform "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the Museum's Plaque Gallery for all ticket holders from both the 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Authors' Series programs.

"I've been extremely blessed in transitioning out of baseball – in part because of my supportive family, but also because music has always been a big part of my life – and now I get to do it full-time," Williams said. "But there is something else that was even more critical in transitioning – I grew up understanding that a career should never define who you are. Relationships define who you are."

"Rhythms of the Game" illuminates a common artistry that inspires all performers in sports and in the arts. Bernie Williams' parallel journey in both baseball and music is explored in the book, serving as an inspiring reminder that the human spirit loves to witness powers of greatness in any field.

Tickets are required for the Authors' Series programs, and only those ticketed for the Authors' Series programs will be admitted to the performance of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Tickets are free but must be reserved by calling 607-547-0397 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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