- The Washington Times - Monday, March 17, 2003

If you're among those who consider it an outrage that the remains of baseball's last .400 hitter are cryogenically frozen in an Arizona laboratory, there's a way to do something about it.
Potomac retiree and author Richard Jaffeson has created a Web site at http://pages.zdnet/ washdc/saveted where he asks admirers of Ted Williams to protest the action taken by son John Henry Williams by contacting the Arizona attorney general's office to protest what he calls "a modern American tragedy." (Jaffeson also can be reached at P.O. Box 15282, Chevy Chase, MD 20825 or saveted@usa.com.)
"If this story was not true, it seems that it could have been taken directly from the script of a B-rated science fiction movie," Jaffeson writes on his Web site. "Should this plot be in another Austin Powers movie, or in a film such as 'Sleeper' by Woody Allen? Or perhaps it was derived from the novel 'Frankenstein.'"
Jaffeson's objective is to get Williams' body released from the laboratory by having the attorney general's office investigate its operations under the state's Consumer Protection Fraud Act. "At issue here is the claim of being able to revive, repair an already deceased individual," Jaffeson writes. "It is impossible to recreate life once it is gone. … The claim of such revival and restoration is unproven and should be subject to investigation."
According to Jaffeson, his Web site has had 1,100 hits since it was created a month ago. He is asking visitors to fill out an Inquiry Notification Form or a Complaint Application Form, both of which are posted on the site, asking the attorney general's office to initiate a probe. Also available is a commemorative black satin ribbon to be displayed "until Ted Williams is finally treated with respect and dignity."
Though Jaffeson, 55, never saw Teddy Ballgame play, he offers appropriate dignity and respect to the memory of a man who wanted to be known as the greatest hitter who ever lived. "Ted's daughter, Bobbie Jo Ferrell, called me and was very moved [by the Web site]," says Jaffeson. Chances are a lot of others will be, too.
Wolff at the door II?
In 1940, Duke baseball player Bob Wolff broke his left ankle during practice and was forced to find something to do while it healed. So he began broadcasting sports events on the campus radio station so successfully that it led to a six-decade-and-counting sportscasting career (15 as the voice of the original Washington Senators) and a spot in the broadcasters' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995.
In 2003, Harvard baseball player John Wolff underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder and was forced to find something to do while it healed. So he began broadcasting sports events on the campus radio station and …
Might he follow in the illustrious footsteps of his grandfather, who now is sports director and anchor for an all-news cable station on Long Island?
"I love broadcasting it's unbelievable," says John, a 19-year-old freshman in Cambridge. "I never thought about doing it before, and my dream is still to play professional baseball. But if that doesn't work out, sure, I'd like to be a sportscaster."
So far John has handled about 20 games played by the Harvard men's and women's hockey teams with, we may assume, a few timely tips from granddad. He'll miss the Crimson's season, but the shoulder should be OK in time for him to play summer ball.
Obviously, sports and journalistic talent run in the family. John's father, Rick, played two seasons in the Detroit Tigers' farm system before becoming a writer. He's now executive editor and vice president of Warner Books and chairman of the Center for Sports Parenting at the Institute for International Sport.
If John stays behind a microphone, perhaps he'll become the star of his own TV show something like Bob did on Washington's first TV station, WTTG-TV (Channel 5), in the late '40s. I never saw the program, but it had a great title: "Wolff at the Door."
Ehrlich adds a star
As many a politician has learned before him, Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. knows you can't hurt your chances in the next election by surrounding yourself with famous athletes. The guv took a step in that direction last week when he nominated Olympic figure skating champion Dorothy Hamill, a Baltimore resident, to a three-year term on the Maryland Tourism Development Board.
What will Hamill do to increase tourism in Maryland? I don't know, but she'll look good trying and so, probably, will Ehrlich.
George and Lou
Remember Lou Saban, the peripatetic football coach who seemed to change jobs every time somebody smiled at him in the '60s and '70s (including a cup of coffee at Maryland in 1966)?
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner certainly does. The boss donated an annual endowment of $18,000 to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in honor of Saban, the money to be used for postgraduate scholarships.
The association between this unlikely couple goes back to 1948, when both were involved in a Cleveland track program. In 1955, Saban hired Steinbrenner as an assistant football coach at Northwestern. Twenty-five years later, Steinbrenner made him president of the Yankees.
Saban finally retired last season at 81 after coaching Division III Chowan (N.C.) College.
Eminently quotable
Former Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson, at a Capitol Hill news conference last week sponsored by the Century Council, a nonprofit Washington-based organization that promotes responsible decision-making on the use of alcohol: "This program recognizes that student-athletes are under special pressures and effectively delivers messages that target alcohol's effect on physical performance, alcohol's effect on the brain and the message that often a personal decision can impact an entire team."

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