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Father, son and the gift of a game

After 16 seasons of organized baseball, son John's career comes to an end

Updated: June 18, 2012, 11:03 AM ET
By Steve Wulf | ESPN The Magazine

T

he game meant nothing. Williams had already clinched a spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs, and Hamilton was playing to see if it would finish 7-25 or 6-26. The Ephs had trounced the Continentals, 8-0 and 11-2, the day before, so it's fair to say that the spectators braving the chill wind of the Berkshires on this late April day were fully expecting another beating.

For John, though, the game meant everything. As the teams lined up along the ...

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