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Ted Williams' son ends his pro career

Compiled from Times wires
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published August 11, 2002

John-Henry Williams, the son of late Hall of Famer Ted Williams, has given up pursuit of a baseball career.

The 33-year-old Williams, signed by the Red Sox two weeks before his father's death, told the team he won't return to the organization's Gulf Coast League rookie team in Fort Myers, the Boston Herald and the News-Press of Fort Myers reported Saturday.

"In light of all the circumstances surrounding his father's passing, he just felt that it would not be appropriate to return to the Red Sox organization," said Chip Tuttle, a spokesman for John-Henry Williams.

Williams went 0-for-6 in his first two games, then broke a rib June 27 on a fielding play.

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LINEUP CARD STOLEN: The Pirates lineup card from the game in which Barry Bonds hit his 600th homer was stolen from Giants manager Dusty Baker's office Friday night, Baker said. Baker planned to present the card and his lineup card to Bonds, but when Baker got to work on Saturday, the Pirates card was missing from the folder in which he had stored it.

ANGELS: Rightfielder Tim Salmon left the game against the Toronto after being hit on the left hand by a pitch from Steve Parris in the fourth. X-rays were negative and Salmon is day to day with a bruised left hand.

INDIANS: Closer Bob Wickman was activated and right-hander Sean DePaula was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.

METS: Third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo was placed on the 15-day DL because of a strained muscle in his left side. Infielder Marco Scutaro was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to replace him.

YANKEES: First baseman-designated hitter Nick Johnson was placed on the 15-day DL and right-hander Mike Thurman was recalled from Triple-A Columbus. Also, pitcher Orlando Hernandez was released from the hospital a day after he was forced to leave a start against Oakland because of numbness in his left leg. Medical tests were negative and Hernandez is day to day. "In light of Darryl Kile, that's the first thing that went through my mind, you don't take anything lightly," manager Joe Torre said.

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