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Baseball’s Ted Williams Hospitalized

January 24, 2002

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Ted Williams, who had open-heart surgery last year, was taken to a hospital in an ambulance Thursday.

No details were being released on the condition of the 83-year-old baseball great, said Kristi Lam, a spokeswoman at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida.

Lori Cronshaw, spokeswoman for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, which dispatched the ambulance, also declined to discuss Williams’ condition.

Williams spent 10 weeks recovering from heart surgery last year. He lives about 50 miles from the hospital.

In November 2000, a pacemaker was placed in Williams’ chest. A series of strokes, including an especially severe one in 1994, limited his vision and mobility.

Known during his playing days as ``The Splendid Splinter,″ Williams has lived in Florida since retiring from the Boston Red Sox.

The Hall of Famer played his entire 19-year career with the Red Sox, and was the last man to bat .400 for a season, hitting .406 in 1941.

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