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Single Digits (June 11)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 2:22 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Marlon Byrd’s home run Tuesday was the 600th hit in the history of the Daily News Home Run Payoff Contest and moved the payout over that time to over $800,000. The contest started in 1973, but took a five-year hiatus (1989-93)... Read more

Single Digits (June 10)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 3:04 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ When (sorry, but we have to use the word) “former” Flyer Jeff Carter scored at the end of the first period Monday night, it was the Kings’ first lead in regulation since Game 6 of their Western Conference Final... Read more

Single Digits (May 30)

Friday, May 30, 2014, 3:09 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ In Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Mets, the Phillies struck out 15 times without drawing a walk, something they have done just three times in 100 years. The last time was also against New York and a fellow named Dwight Gooden... Read more

Single Digits (May 28)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 12:20 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... including a couple of leftover no-hitter nuggets ... ♦ The Athletics played in Philadelphia for 54 years and were no-hit in this city just twice — Sept. 3, 1923 and Sept. 7, 1923 ... Five days apart. ♦ The Minnesota... Read more

Single Digits (May 20)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 2:31 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... including a couple to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1973-74 Flyers' Stanley Cup Championship ... ♦ Bernie Parent set an NHL record for goalies that season by playing in 73 regular season games, a mark that would stand... Read more

The Phillies' Invisible Four-Hit Game

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 2:33 AM
In the Phillies’ 2014 media guide (and the 2013 guide and the 2012 guide ... ) and all of their 2014 game notes up to and including the ones for the April 27 game at Arizona (quoted here), Ed Delahanty is listed as having 2,207 hits, good for third place at the time on their all-time list. And... Read more

Single Digits (May 19)

Monday, May 19, 2014, 12:32 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Some time ago on this blog we pointed out that the Flyers have the best cumulative regular season record in the NHL dating back to the 1975-76 season, but nary a Stanley Cup to show for it. The never-idle Rich Hofmann in his Monday... Read more

Single Digits (May 14)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 1:04 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Chase Utley is ninth player in last 100 years to be hit by a pitch in four consecutive games ... Carlos Quentin (6 straight games, 2008) is the only one of those that went longer than four games ... See the list HERE. ♦... Read more

Freddy Galvis' Lower .048

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 1:58 AM
If Freddy Galvis didn’t have bad luck this season, he wouldn’t have any luck at all. First off, he picked up an MRSA infection towards the end of spring training ... Then once he returned he couldn’t hit himself out of a plastic Wawa bag ... And now, after going down to Lehigh Valley... Read more

Three Cheers for Marcus Smith

Friday, May 9, 2014, 2:27 AM
I thought the staff here at BoopStats would be happy when I woke them Friday morning and told them the Eagles had drafted a guy late in the first round that had thrown for 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for another four scores ... but I guess they just weren’t as impressed with Marcus... Read more
About this blog

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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Reach Bob at vetronb@phillynews.com.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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