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Single Digits (April 14)

Single Digits

Single Digits (April 14)

A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently -- 

♦ The Flyers and Rangers have met six times in best-of-7 playoff series. The winner eventually advanced to Stanley Cup finals five of those times.

♦ Chase Utley’s batting averages (.500) is higher than all but one current Sixer’s field-goal percentage (.593 by Jarvis Varnado).

♦ Utley has hit in all 10 games in which he has appeared this season. It is an inexact science, but we think that the Phillies’ longest hit streak to start a season is 16 games by Willie Jones in 1950.

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♦ The Phillies lead the NL in walks (49). The last time they finished the season there was 2005-06-07.

♦ Through six games, Phillies home attendance is down 50,610 from 2013.

♦ Union (N.Y.) scored 12 goals during the Frozen Four at the Wells Fargo Center. The other three teams combined for 11 goals.


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.

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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