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The Phill-E Street Band

Meet the Phill-E Street Band

The Phill-E Street Band

In honor of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band performing Sunday and Monday at Citizens Bank Park (their 20th Delaware Valley venue), we list here (alphabetically) 10 men who played for the Sixers, Flyers, Phillies or Eagles with the first name of Bruce, Clarence or Max.

 Name  Team  Pos.    Years
 Maxie Baughan  Eagles  LB  1960-65
 Bruce Bowen  Sixers  F  1999-00
 Bruce Chen  Phillies    P  2000-01
 Bruce Gamble  Flyers  G  1970-72
 Max-Jean Gilles  Eagles  G  2006-10
 Clarence Peaks  Eagles  B  1957-63
 Bruce Ruffin  Phillies  P  1986-91
 Max Runager  Eagles  P  1979-83, '89  
 Max Talbot  Flyers  C  2011-12
 Clarence Weatherspoon    Sixers  F  1992-98
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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