Former Yankees Outfielder Bernie Williams to Officially Retire

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Former New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams will formally sign his retirement papers Friday (April 24) at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. He will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday’s game against the Mets.

Williams, 46, played his last major league baseball game in 2006.

The Yankees organization plan to retire Williams’ uniform number (51) and will reveal a plaque honoring Williams in Monument Park on May 24.

Prior to Friday’s game, the Hard Rock Cafe at the stadium will debut a souvenir pin that honors Williams. Fifteen percent of net sales from the pins will go to Hillside Food Outreach.

The five-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner, and four-time World Series champion played all 16 seasons (1991-2006) of his career with the Yankees. Williams had a career .297 batting average.