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Note indicates Williams wanted to be frozen

July 26, 2002

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— Four years after signing a will calling for his cremation, baseball great Ted Williams entered a pact with two of his children asking that his body be frozen, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Williams' scrawled signature, along with those of son John Henry and daughter Claudia, appears at the bottom of a handwritten note on a scrap of paper dated Nov. 2, 2000.

"JHW, Claudia and Dad all agree to be put into bio-stasis after we die," reads the pact, written with a ballpoint blue pen. "This is what we want, to be able to be together in the future, even if it is only a chance."

Family attorney Bob Goldman said the note was written in a Gainesville hospital room four days before the Hall of Fame slugger had a pacemaker installed.

The attorney said John Henry Williams wrote the note and that it would supersede the wishes detailed in Williams' 1996 will.

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