If there’s one thing I hate, it’s starting off my Friday with a gruesome description of how lab workers played batting practice with the cryogenically frozen head of baseball legend Ted Williams. That’s the claim in a new book by a former executive at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Yikes. The freezing of Williams’ head had become the stuff of jokes and legend before this revelation surfaced, unfortunately, and now it all just reaches a whole new, creepy level. And that’s not the only shocking revelation in the book.
The book is called “Frozen,” by former Alcor executive Larry Johnson. The fact that the lab workers used a wrench instead of a bat to take whacks at Williams’ head doesn’t make it any easier to read. From the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:
The book, out Tuesday from Vanguard Press, tells how Williams’ corpse became “Alcorian A-1949″ at the facility, where bodies are kept suspended in liquid nitrogen in case future generations learn how to revive them.
Johnson writes that in July 2002, shortly after the Red Sox slugger died at age 83, technicians with no medical certification gleefully photographed and used crude equipment to decapitate the majors’ last .400 hitter.
Williams’ severed head was then frozen, and even used for batting practice by a technician trying to dislodge it from a tuna fish can.
Future Coen Brothers film? Well, Johnson did say that he had to write the book from hiding, receiving death threats as he moved from safehouse to safehouse. He’ll be on ABC’s “Nightline” on Tuesday to talk all about it.
There has always been controversy as to whether Williams ever wanted his remains frozen in the first place; it’s said that his son, John-Henry, and daughter, Claudia, may have forged a document authorizing cryogenics. John-Henry died of leukemia in 2004.