Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hamels' Only Home, So Far ...

Monday, June 29, 2015, 11:33 PM
Tuesday, Cole Hamels is expected to make the 290th start of his career, by far the most of any Phillies pitcher that never appeared for any other major league team. When — or if — he gets traded in the next month or so, that distinction will fall back to Larry Christenson, who had 220... Read more

The Maikel Payoff Inning

Monday, June 29, 2015, 2:05 AM
Although Ryan Howard and Maikel Franco are the only Phillies to connect for long balls in the Daily News Home Run Payoff Contest so far this season, Franco has shined during those frames even aside from his three cash-winning dingers. Franco is 9-for-18 (.500) in the Payoff inning with an 1.056 slugging... Read more

A Big First Step

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 9:24 PM
Duke's Jahlil Okafor, drafted No. 3 with the Sixers Thursday, last season was the first freshman named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year. We were able to find 15 freshmen that have won that award in any conference. (See list below.) Conference record-keeping can be an inexact science, so... Read more

The Bad Side of the Road

Monday, June 22, 2015, 12:57 AM
Monday the Phillies head back to the road,which has not been kind to them. They are 7-28 away from Citizens Bank Park, by far the worst road record in the league. And at that pace, their winning percentage (.200) would represent the sixth worst road record in major league baseball since 1900. As... Read more

Philly's title Warriors

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 1:59 AM
Before they moved to northern California in the summer of 1962, the Warriors won two championships in Philadelphia, including what is considered the NBA’s first title. A quick glance at those Finals: 1946-47 PHILADELPHIA WARRIORS 4 CHICAGO STAGS 1 Joe Fulks, who had averaged 23.1 points to... Read more

Philly franchise fours: 2010s

Friday, June 12, 2015, 12:57 AM
While major league baseball is tabulating its Franchise Four voting totals for release during the All-Star break, the BoopStats staff will be looking at the most impactful players (one way or another) for this city's four pro teams by decade. Click HERE to see the 2000s ... Today, the 2010s: FLYERS ♦... Read more

Philly franchise fours: 2000s

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 2:39 AM
While major league baseball is tabulating its Franchise Four voting totals for release during the All-Star break, the BoopStats staff will be looking at the most impactful players (one way or another) for this city's four pro teams by decade. Click HERE to see the 1990s ... Today, the 2000s: FLYERS ♦... Read more

Philly franchise fours: 1990s

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 2:36 AM
While major league baseball is tabulating its Franchise Four voting totals for release during the All-Star break, the BoopStats staff will be looking at the most impactful players (one way or another) for this city's four pro teams by decade. Click HERE to see the 1980s ... Today, the 1990s: FLYERS ♦... Read more

Philly franchise fours: 1980s

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 2:38 AM
While major league baseball is tabulating its Franchise Four voting totals for release during the All-Star break, the BoopStats staff will be looking at the most impactful players (one way or another) for this city's four pro teams by decade. Click HERE to see the 1970s ... Today, the 1980s: FLYERS ♦... Read more

Philly franchise fours: 1970s

Monday, June 8, 2015, 2:37 AM
While major league baseball is tabulating its Franchise Four voting totals for release during the All-Star break, the BoopStats staff will be looking at the most impactful players (one way or another) for this city's four pro teams by decade. Today, the 1970s: FLYERS (1969-70 through 1978-79) ♦... Read more
About this blog

Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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Reach Bob at vetronb@phillynews.com.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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