This Thursday, April 4, New York Yankees lifer Bernie Williams will host a public program at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, “Bernie Williams: Remembering the 2001 World Series.”
Just weeks after 9/11, the New York Yankees played the Arizona Diamondbacks in an unforgettable seven-game World Series. Williams, a former center fielder for the Yankees, will recount the iconic moments from that series, including President Bush's famous first pitch, a moment which is captured in the Museum’s exhibition “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11.”
Sports are central to American life, a role that was particularly apparent in the aftermath of 9/11. They helped the country mourn and move forward after the attacks, offering a space for collective grief and camaraderie—a space shared by fans and players alike. Williams will reflect upon this difficult time in which the Yankees temporarily became “America’s team” and baseball helped New York to heal.
To close the evening, Williams, who is a classically trained guitarist and Latin Grammy–nominated jazz musician, will perform a song for the audience that will speak to the emotionality of the aftermath of 9/11.
By Ruth Dewa Ayu, Assistant Director of Public Programs, 9/11 Memorial Museum