ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Ted Williams did things his own way throughout life, and it's no different in death.
The lawyer representing two of the baseball great's children thinks that's why Williams never officially expressed his wish to have his body frozen when he died.
Instead, Williams agreed to being cryonically preserved by signing his name to an informal family pact prepared by his son. The note was filed Thursday in Citrus County Probate Court.
"He knew this was not going to be a popular decision," Bob Goldman said. "This is one more maverick move for him to make in his life ... that's hard for people to swallow."
Goldman said the note would supersede the wishes detailed in Williams' 1996 will, in which the Hall of Famer expressed his desire to be cremated.
Williams' signature, along with those of son John Henry and daughter Claudia, appears at the bottom of a handwritten note on a scrap of paper dated Nov. 2, 2000.
"JHW, Claudia and Dad all agree to be put into bio-stasis after we die," reads the pact, written with a blue ball point pen. "This is what we want, to be able to be together in the future, even if it is only a chance."
Goldman said the note was written in a Gainesville hospital room four days before the Boston Red Sox star had a pacemaker installed.
His three children have been fighting over his remains since he died July 5 at 83. John Henry Williams had his father's body preserved at a cryonics lab in Arizona, where the dead are frozen in the hope they can be resurrected someday.
Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell, the half-sister of John Henry and Claudia, wants to retrieve her father's body, cremate it and sprinkle his ashes off Florida's coast, as Williams' will -- signed Dec. 20, 1996 -- dictates.
The dispute is almost certain to be settled by a judge.
In a statement Thursday, John Henry and Claudia Williams said: "With relief we have provided the court with clear-cut, definitive evidence that our father's last wishes have been carried out and we hope this will bring closure to this issue."
The note, on a piece of scrap paper, had several small dark stains. Goldman said John Henry Williams had folded the note and left it for an extended period in files in his car trunk, where it was stained by oil or grease.
"I'm comfortable that it was authentic because my clients were there," Goldman said, without further detailing the note's authenticity.
One of Ferrell's lawyers, Richard Fitzpatrick, said if this is the only evidence John Henry and Claudia Williams can muster, then his client would prevail.
"We will certainly want to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding this document," said Fitzpatrick, adding that questioning of John Henry and Claudia Williams was being considered.
Ted Williams' body is at Alcor Life Extension Foundation. The laboratory doesn't guarantee the preservation process and admits the technology to revive a person doesn't exist.
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