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Friday, July 25, 2014, 1:37 AM
If you missed any of these exciting things from the Daily News Sports section, click on the dates below to check them out now: 2014 AUG. 28: Fantasy Football Guide JULY 29-AUG. 21: Taney Little League coverage JULY 25: Eagles' Training Camp Guide JULY 21-24: Eagles Newcomers JUNE 10-11-12: Philly... Read more

Phillies' four-game sweeps

Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:28 AM
Thursday, the Phillies completed one of the more improbable four-game series sweeps in their history, considering they staggered into Miller Park on a 3-13 slide and were set to face a Brewers team that had the best record in the National League. But — as so often we say — that is why we... Read more

Single Digits (July 8)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 2:39 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Over their weekend series with the Phillies, Pirates pitchers threw 378 pitches. Exactly one of them was thrown when the Phillies had a lead. ♦ After his 2-for-3 performance Monday, Chase Utley is now hitting .372 since... Read more

Single Digits (July 7)

Monday, July 7, 2014, 5:41 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Chase Utley, who was 0-for-1 in a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday, is hitting .364 with a .536 slugging percentage in games played a day after he does not start. ♦ John Mayberry Jr. is 14-for-90 (.156) in games he starts... Read more

Flyers' First Line of Defense

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 1:04 AM
The Flyers last weekend selected a defenseman in the first round of the NHL Draft for the 12th time in their history. And not just any defenseman — a skinny defenseman. At 6-3, 181 Travis Sanheim is a pound lighter but an inch taller than 1986 No. 1 Flyers blue line pick Kerry Huffman (listed... Read more

The Three Stages of Dom Brown

Sunday, June 29, 2014, 8:33 PM
We like to think we're as patient as anybody in Philadelphia sports not named Sam Hinkie, but even we're ready to give up on Domonic Brown after breaking down his numbers. He has basically had two bad full seasons sandwiched around one very good quarter of a season (.327/.345/.716). And his two "bad... Read more

Jimmy One-Hit Rollins

Friday, June 20, 2014, 1:19 AM
Thursday night in St. Louis, Jimmy Rollins picked up one hit for the 13th consecutive game. Only six major league players — no Phillies — have had a longer such streak in the last 100 years. See the list HERE. Read more

Single Digits (June 20)

Thursday, June 19, 2014, 2:52 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw Wednesday night struck out 15 batters in his no-hitter ... the most Ks ever in a no-hitter not thrown by Nolan Ryan (two 17s and a 16). ♦ Kershaw also did not walk a batter (the only runner... Read more

Single Digits (June 19)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 12:27 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Let me see if I got this straight ... The Spurs hadn't won a championship in six years, then Brett Brown leaves and they have the most dominating Finals (by point differential) ever. ♦ Reid Brignac (.283) is now the second-leading... Read more

Single Digits (June 17)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 3:47 AM
We go all-Tony Gwynn Sr. today, in honor of his passing ... ♦ He finished with more doubles than strikeouts ... in 12 different seasons. ♦ Gwynn had 18 consecutive seasons of hitting .300 or better. ♦ In 2,467 career games (regular season and playoffs), Tony Gwynn had exactly one... Read more
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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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