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Piazza to stay out of dispute over Williams

Sun., May 16, 2004

NEWARK, N.J. — Mike Piazza will not interfere with the family controversy surrounding Ted Williams’ body.

The New York Mets catcher will comply with the request made by the lawyer representing Williams’ estate. Piazza had contacted Williams’ daughter, Bobby Jo Ferrell, offering his help in removing Williams’ body from the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Arizona.

“I looked into it and then I got into some legal things,” Piazza said Saturday. “I looked into memorializing him but there is some litigation pending so I’ll wait to see how it turns out.”

The estate’s lawyer, Peter Sutton, of Boston, asked on Friday that Piazza and his father back away and warned Piazza’s agent the two men could be sued, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported in Saturday’s editions.

“We understand where he was coming from, and we thank him for his decision,” Sutton told the newspaper. “He just needed to hear the facts.”

The Piazzas’ link to Williams dates back nearly 20 years, when Williams saw the then-16-year-old athlete hit in a batting cage.


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