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What: "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel."
Where: HBO, tonight, 10.
Nearly a year after the death of Ted Williams, HBO revisits the bizarre saga of the Baseball Hall of Fame slugger's frozen body. The segment opens with correspondent Bernard Goldberg visiting the cryonics lab in Arizona where a nitrogen-filled canister contains Williams' remains.
The remains are there because John Henry Williams says that's what his father wanted. Others tell "Real Sports" that is not what he wanted.
Frank Brothers, who helped care for Williams in his later years, says Williams told him in 1996 that John Henry had asked him about having his body frozen. Brothers says Williams told him he wanted to be cremated, and that he thought John Henry was "absolutely nuts."
Leading the condemnation of what John Henry did with his father's remains is Barbara Joyce Ferrell, a daughter from Williams' first marriage. Ferrell's husband, Mark, tells Goldberg of their anger toward John Henry.
George Carter, who also helped take care of Williams, is among those condemning John Henry, who declined to be interviewed. His side is presented in a written statement that claims Williams loved him.
Says Carter, "It's not over as far as I'm concerned.... It's not fair because I know what Ted Williams wanted. Right to the end, I knew what he wanted."