Originally created 07/21/02

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Baseball

Williams' daughter asks for proof

The oldest daughter of Ted Williams is demanding proof that her father wanted to be frozen after his death.

A lawyer for Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell, who is feuding with her siblings over their father's remains, filed a motion Thursday compelling the other parties to submit any documents that show Williams changed his mind about being cremated, which he requested in his will.

"Show me or tell me," Richard Fitzpatrick, Ferrell's lawyer, told the St. Petersburg Times in a story published Saturday. "I want to see what kind of paper trail there is out there."

Williams' two children from another marriage, John Henry Williams and Claudia Williams, and the estate's executor, Al Cassidy, have 30 days to respond.

  • Frank "Spec" Shea, who won two games in the 1947 World Series as a New York Yankees rookie, and coached Robert Redford for the movie The Natural, has died. He was 81.
  • Shea died Friday in New Haven, Conn., four weeks after having valve replacement surgery, the Yankees said.

    Shea was 56-46 with a 3.80 ERA for the Yankees and Washington Senators in a career that spanned 1947-55. Later on, he taught Redford how to throw in an old-time style for The Natural.

    Also known as "The Naugatuck Nugget" for his hometown in Connecticut, Shea made an immediate impact in the majors.

    Shea joined a Yankees team that included Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto and ace Allie Reynolds in 1947 and went 14-5 with a 3.07 ERA. He also was the winning pitcher for the American League in the All-Star game.

    Shea pitched for the Yankees from 1947-49 and in 1951. He finished with four years for the Senators.

    Football

    Man dies after fall at new stadium

    A man died Saturday after a fall during an open house for fans at the Seattle Seahawks' new stadium.

    Seattle Police said preliminary reports indicated the fall was accidental. However, witnesses reported the man intentionally climbed over a chest-high barrier on a stadium ramp and jumped to his death, said Pete Pedersen, spokesman for First and Goal, Inc., the stadium operating arm for Seahawks owner Paul Allen.

    The man was still alive and receiving CPR when he arrived at Harborview Medical Center, but he was pronounced dead minutes later, a nursing supervisor said.

    Fans had been invited to tour the $430 million stadium on the site of the old Kingdome. The 67,000-seat facility was formally dedicated Friday by Allen and Gov. Gary Locke.

    Tennis

    Davenport, Seles win early matches

    Lindsay Davenport was beaming.

    She was finally back in com-petition. Her right knee felt great. And she overpowered Is-rael's Anna Smashnova 6-3, 6-3 on a blistering hot Saturday af-ternoon in the opening Fed Cup match.

    "My first match back in so long, that I'm even walking afterwards, I'm very, very happy," said Davenport, who had not played serious compe-tition since injuring the knee in November and undergoing sur-gery in January.

    "My knee held up. Every-thing went smoothly."

    In the second match, Monica Seles breezed past Tzipi Obziler 6-4, 6-2 to put the Americans on the verge of ear-ly victory in the best-of-five competition.

    Davenport showed the same power that once made her No. 1 in the world, dominating Smashnova with power serves and ground strokes that pushed Israel's No. 1 player far behind the baseline.

    There were signs of rust, though. She made a number of unforced errors. But whether she was hitting winners or unforced errors, Davenport controlled the tempo of the match, in 90-degree heat.

    "Physically right now, I feel great," she said. "But I don't know the level of my game or how consistent it will be. I really have never been off this long. The people I've spoken with who have had injuries said to expect ups and downs. But I'll take a win any time."