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SportsJam with Doug Doyle: Yankees Great and Jazz Guitarist Bernie Williams

Bernie Williams

The New York Yankees retired Bernie Williams' #51 Jersey at Yankee Stadium in 2015. In this tribute encore edition, Bernie Williams talks about his baseball and music career.

Bernie Williams was first a guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle in 2009.  He spoke about his glory days with the Yankees and how he's enjoying his work as a jazz guitarist.

Bernie Williams
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Former Yankees star outfielder Bernie Williams has visited WBGO several times, he was a guest on "SportsJam with Doug Doyle" in 2009

Williams, considered one of the most clutch playoff performers, played his entire 16-year career with the New York Yankees from 1991 through 2006.

The center fielder was a member of four World Series championship teams. Bernie was a five-time MLB All-Star and won four Gold Glove Awards. 

A classically trained guitarist, Williams plays and composes music with influences that include jazz, classical, pop, Brazilian, and Latin sounds.  He was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award.

Bernie Williams
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Bernie Williams and Doug Doyle in the hallways of WBGO in 2009

Williams first came to WBGO in 2009 for an on-air visit with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton and also to record a SportsJam with Doug Doyle show.  It came at a time when his second major album, Moving Forward, was released under the Reform Records label.

During the show, Williams talks about the some of the tunes on Moving Forward, including "Lullyaby for Beatriz", an instrumental song he wrote for his daughter.

Click above to hear this special 2015 SportsJam with Doug Doyle encore edition with Bernie Williams.

Doug Doyle has been News Director at WBGO since 1998 and has taken his department to new heights in coverage and recognition. Doug and his staff have received more than 200 awards from organizations like PRNDI, AP, New York Association of Black Journalists, Garden State Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.