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Keeping Score

A late-season series between the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox – a contest with virtually no postseason repercussions – is not meaningless. As soon as my dad received his ugly summertime diagnosis, I scouted tickets and air travel. I was ready to go. Instead, my New England family is coming west for a memorial this weekend. Rats. These teams were my dad's favorites. I have the scorebooks to prove it. The earliest I've found is from '55, it features "Williams" slotted at left field written in tidy, eight-year-old penmanship. The park is Fenway. Decades later, Candlestick arrives. There's Dusty Baker in the OF and Krukow on the mound. The Red Sox appear, but the locations are Oakland