Ted Williams, 1918-2002
The family of Ted Williams is feuding over what should be done with the slugger's remains. His son wants to deep-freeze Williams's corpse for future revival or cloning. But according to his daughter, the Red Sox Hall of Famer wanted to be cremated. What do you think?
It's a disgrace to think that the family is fighting over this. It should be solely based on his will, which is suppose to be his wishes, whatever they are. It has certainly put a damp on his memory. How sad!!
Liz Swenson, Braintree, MA
It is up to the family to handle this not the public. If Ted Williams has a will then this should be reviewed for his last wishes.
Bob C, Jacksonville FL
He should rest in one peace! Bury him, and let us remember him as the "phenomenon" that he was. It was his gift to the world. How about beheading his son?
jane mcniff, hingham
I have heard stories of Williams all my life. He is better off left in legend than as a human popsicle. Give the man his dignity by allowing him to become part of history and not tieing him to the future. If the legal funds need help, there are plenty of fans including myself to donate. Money should not be an issue in this ridiculous story!
Rich Riendeau, Daytona Beach, Florida
Ted's wishes should be carried out. Give the guy a little respect and let him have his final wish.
Cremate the body and spread his ashes on the waters of the Florida Keys, just as he would wish. His son ought to have his head examined to even think of freezing the body. How stupid.
C.F. Batchelder, Rome, NY
Ok, for medical reasons to *in the future* use his fabulous sports genes on another human in the future. That is complete and utter BS ! Ted is one of a kind and i am appauled by his "son". His daughter is correct. He should be creamated !!! Makes me sick !!!
Cremate him according to his wishes and Freeze John Henry Williams.
What should be done with Mr. Williams' remains should be first determined by examining his wishes, as exercised according to the law of the state in which he resided. I may be wrong, but I believe this is Florida. A man of Mr. Williams' sophistication is likely to have consulted with an attorney to have his wishes executed. It may be possible that many people are jumping the gun and trying to form an opinion on this matter before such a time is appropriate. Perhaps we should wait to see what comes of the probate proceedings, where Mr. Williams' wishes may become clear. Whatever he wanted to be done with his remains should take place. Otherwise, let the two children of Mr. Williams fight it out in court, and let a judge with, presumably, a full view of the available facts, decide what is appropriate for Mr. Williams.
Pat Ryle, Peabody
It is so rare for an athlete to transcend time, Ted Williams was one of those rare athletes. Even though I was born a few years after Ted's career ended, I am feeling a profound sense of loss and emptiness. To see the reverence those of Ted's generation had for him was remarkable, but even more remarkable is how present generations have cherished his greatness. To see my late father's eyes light up at the mere mention of him, and then to see how today's players absolutely mobbed him at the 1999 All-Star game was just overwhelming. An amazing tribute to his ability to transcend time. When I look at that scene I look at the faces and eyes of all those players and see an awe and a respect like I have never seen before. Millionaire baseball players acting like giddy 9 year olds, just overjoyed and overwhelmed to be in the presence of such greatness . Perhaps that scene best sums up what Ted Williams meant to people of all generations. As a Red Sox fan, a baseball fan and a fan of this great country I already miss him a great deal. David Lynch Rockland, MA
Dave Lynch, Rockland, MA