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Puig's Month to Remember

Yusiel Puig is off to an all-time start.

Puig's Month to Remember

The Dodgers´ Yusiel Puig completed one of the best debut months in major league baseball history. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
The Dodgers' Yusiel Puig completed one of the best debut months in major league baseball history. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

The Phillies had a first-hand look at history Sunday, as the Dodgers' Yusiel Puig completed one of the best debut months in major league baseball history.

Only Joe DiMaggio (46) ever lashed out more hits in his debut calendar month than the 44 Puig compiled through Sunday, but some of Puig's other numbers from his first 30 days were better than those put up by the young Yankee Clipper.

Now ...  It will be interesting to see how their second months compare.

Here are the totals for each players' debut calendar month and DiMaggio's second:

   Yusiel Puig         Joe DiMaggio
   June 2013    
 May 1936   
 June 1936  
 Games  26  26  26
 Batting Avg.
 .436  .381  .344
    H-AB
 44-101  48-126  42-122
 On-Base Pct.
 .467  .400  .365
    Walks
 4  3  4
    Strikeouts
 20  8  5
 Slugging Pct.
 .713  .659  .623
    Doubles
 5  15  10
    Triples
 1  4  3
    Home Runs  
 7  4  6
    Total Bases
 72  83  76
 RBI  16  28  29
 Runs  19  30  27
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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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.

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