Safe at home
Williams checks into San Diego rehabilitation center
Updated: Monday February 19, 2001 10:13 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ted Williams made a cross-country flight Monday and checked into a rehabilitation hospital in San Diego to continue his recovery from open-heart surgery.
"He's here," Sharp Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Eileen Cornish said.
The medical center is just a few miles from where the 82-year-old Williams grew up. In past years, the Hall of Famer often made trips early in the year to visit his hometown.
Williams had been at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center since having surgery on Jan. 15. He left the Manhattan hospital on Monday morning for the flight to California.
Sharp Memorial opened in 1955. Among its areas of specialty are cardiac care and rehabilitation.
The Williams family had considered rehabilitation centers in Boston and Gainesville, Fla., along with the one in San Diego.
Williams played his entire career with the Boston Red Sox and was the last major leaguer to hit .400. He batted .406 in 1941.
On Sunday, the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame held ceremonies in Citrus Hills, Fla., to honor new members. Bob Feller, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount were among those who participated, along with current Red Sox star Nomar Garciaparra.
Williams' daughter, Claudia, 29, delivered an encouraging message about her father to those in attendance.
"The doctors are very, very positive," she said. "They told me last night he's doing well."