Bernie Williams 1989 Columbus Clippers
Like so many of the New York Yankees’ superstars of the past two decades Bernie Williams honed his craft with the Columbus Clippers at Cooper Stadium.
Williams spent time with the then Yankees’ top minor league team in 1989 and 1991-92. The 1991 version of the Clippers won the International League title, during which Williams split time between Columbus and New York.
He was called up to New York in 1991 to replace the injured Roberto Kelly for the second half of the season.
In his final season with the Clippers, Williams batted .306, produced 111 hits, 50RBIs, 20 stolen bases and eight homers in 95 games. He also ended up playing in 62 games with New York after Danny Tartabull sustained an injury.
Williams became the regular Yankees center fielder in 1993 and went on to become a five-time All-Star, four-time Golden Glove winner, the 1996 American League Championship Series MVP and helped the club win four World Series titles.
During his time in Columbus, Williams shared the roster with other future major leaguers including Deion Sanders, Jim Leyritz and Hal Morris.