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Ted Williams' daughter debunks myths in new book

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There have been countless books written about Red Sox great Ted Williams, but the latest is the first written by a member of his family.

His daughter, Claudia Williams, has written, "Ted Williams, My Father." It addresses some of the controversies that surfaced during Williams' life and after his death.

But why write a book now, a dozen years after his death?

"I'm tired of biographers and journalists writing about my family when they have never even met them," Claudia Williams said.

Williams says it was important to her to set the record straight on many topics, such as her late brother, John Henry. He was accused of trying to profit off his dad by having him autograph memorabilia that he then sold.

"Dad was fully aware of what his son was doing. Encouraged it, endorsed it, and promoted it," Claudia Williams said.

Ted Williams was always larger than life -- a John Wayne-like character who was revered as an incredible baseball player.

But was he a good father?

"Yes, he was a great dad. And I'm glad you asked that question too, because a lot of times he's portrayed as a bad father. And he wasn't a bad father. He was a fantastic parent," Claudia Williams said.

When Ted Williams died in 2002, his son and daughter had him preserved. His remains were sent to a cryonics lab in Arizona where they remain to this day.

"Preserving should be no different than if a family chooses to cremate. Or if a family chooses to bury," Claudia Williams.

The hope that one day advances in science could bring Ted Williams back is what motivated the family decision.

"My father and I and my brother, we didn't sign up for cryonic preservation because we are convinced beyond a doubt that this is actually going to happen. We did it because, in a very painful moment, when we realized that our father was running out of time, we looked to that to give us just a little bit of hope -- just a little bit of maybe, what if, what if it truly could happen," Claudia Williams said.

Ted Williams played for the Red Sox starting in 1939, retiring in 1960. A Hall of Famer, Williams is still referred to as the greatest hitter who ever lived.

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