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Hall of Famer's son has started chemotherapy

10/17/2003

INVERNESS, Fla. -- The son of Hall of Famer Ted Williams has
been diagnosed with leukemia.

John Henry Williams, 35, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier
this month, Eric Abel, Williams' attorney, said Thursday.

Abel would not discuss any other aspects of Williams' condition.

John Henry Williams told the Citrus County Chronicle on Thursday
that he was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia at UCLA
Medical Center and that he has already started chemotherapy.

"The whole goal is get the leukemia in remission," Williams
told the newspaper from Los Angeles for a story to be published
Friday.

Attempts made by The Associated Press to reach Williams were
unsuccessful.

After Ted Williams died July 5, 2002, John Henry Williams was at
the center of a controversy surrounding his father's remains.
Williams had his father's body taken to an Arizona cryonics lab,
setting off a battle with his half-sister, who said her father had
wanted to be cremated.

The matter was settled in December, when Bobby Jo Ferrell, Ted
Williams' oldest daughter, dropped her objections. A telephone call
to Bobby Jo Ferrell's home on Thursday evening was not answered.

John Henry Williams' other sister, Claudia Williams, told the
newspaper she is in Los Angeles for tests to determine if she is a
match for a possible bone marrow transplant.

"It's not good, not good at all, considering his age," Claudia
Williams said.

About 10,500 new cases of acute myelogenous leukemia are
diagnosed each year in the United States, with remission occurring
in 70-80 percent of those patients.

Ted Williams finished with a .344 career average and was the
last major league to bat over .400, when he hit .406 in 1941.

John Henry Williams made an attempt over the past two seasons to
follow in his father's footsteps, playing for some low-level minor
league and independent baseball teams.