Sunday, May 3, 2015

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 64

Raul Ibanez had 30-plus doubles for the 10th consecutive season.

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 64

On Sept. 15, Raul Ibanez became the 11th major leaguer to reach 30 doubles in 10 consecutive years:

Yrs.   Player Seasons
16 Stan Musial 1942-44, '46-58  
12 Honus Wagner 1899-10
12 Tris Speaker 1916-27
11 Ed Delahanty 1892-02
11 Joe Medwick 1933-43
10 Rogers Hornsby    1920-29
10 Todd Helton 1998-07
10 Manny Ramirez 1996-05
10 Bobby Abreu 1999-08
10 Albert Pujols 2001-10
10 Raul Ibanez 2002-11
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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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