Ted Williams in Fair Condition
Jun. 21, 2001
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Ted Williams was in fair condition Thursday at a Gainesville hospital where he is expected to rehabilitate from open-heart surgery for several weeks.
The baseball great was flown from San Diego to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida on Tuesday.
``At the family's request, no other information will be released,'' hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Porter said.
In early November, the 82-year-old Hall of Famer was admitted to Shands and a pacemaker was placed in his chest to regulate his heartbeat.
His problems continued, however, and Williams underwent heart surgery Jan. 15 in a 9 1/2-hour operation at New York's Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Williams was moved from New York to Sharp Hospital in San Diego on Feb. 19. The hospital, which specializes in cardiac care and rehabilitation, is just a few miles from where Williams grew up.
But Williams' family wanted to move him closer to his home in Hernando, which is about 50 miles from Gainesville.
Shands offers appropriate rehab facilities, so the decision was made to put Williams on a 4 1/2-hour flight to return him to Florida.
Williams played all 19 of his major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox. He was the last man to bat over .400 for a season, hitting .406 in 1941.