Alcor Officials Deny Claims in Book that Employees Used Ted Williams' Head Like a Baseball
Scottsdale-based Alcor Life Extension Foundation released an official statement this afternoon in response to claims by a former employee that the frozen head of Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams was tossed around like, well, a baseball, while lab technicians tried to hit it with a monkey wrench.
"Alcor denies allegations reported in the press that there was mistreatment or disrespectful treatment of the remains of Ted Williams at Alcor, and will be litigating this and any other allegations to the maximum extent of the law," the statement says.
When Williams, the last Major League Baseball player to hit over .400 in a season, died in 2002, his family had his body frozen by Alcor with the hopes that future generations would be able to bring him back to life. His head was detached from his body and kept in a separate container, according to reports.
The claims stem from a new book called Frozen, written by former Alcor executive Larry Johnson. In the book, Johnson describes a scene where lab technicians would throw Williams head in the air and hit it with a monkey wrench the way someone would hit a baseball.
Williams played for the Red Sox in the 1940s and 50s, in the midst of their 86-year World Series slump. Getting frozen and brought back to life was probably the only shot he had at winning a championship.