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Ted Williams flies back to Florida

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© St. Petersburg Times, published June 20, 2001


GAINESVILLE -- After a 41/2-hour flight from San Diego, Ted Williams returned to Florida on Tuesday to continue rehabilitation from open-heart surgery.

GAINESVILLE -- After a 41/2-hour flight from San Diego, Ted Williams returned to Florida on Tuesday to continue rehabilitation from open-heart surgery.

Upon landing, the 82-year-old Hall of Famer was wheeled off the airplane and placed in a waiting ambulance that drove him to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, about an hour from his Citrus County home.

A handful of Williams' family members were at the airport, but they refused to grant interviews, blocked photographers' shots and called security to shoo away reporters.

At the family's request, Shands officials aren't allowed to "confirm or deny whether Mr. Williams is here," spokesman Garrett Hall said.

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