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Archive: May, 2012

Phillies Closing in on 12,000 Homers

Friday, June 1, 2012, 2:07 AM
Loyal reader Nicholas Hoyt points out that the Phillies have a good shot at reaching the 12,000-home run mark this weekend against the Marlins. Heck, Ty Wigginton may get them there himself. When they get there, they will be the 8th of the 30 current franchises to reach 12K HR. The numbers for each... Read more

The Andrew Toney Perspective

Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 2:36 AM
If the Sixers are to bounce back and win this conference semifinal series against the Celtics, someone is going to have to start impersonating Andrew Toney. Toney was known as the Boston Strangler in the early 1980s, as he more than once helped carry the Sixers to a postseason victory over the Celtics... Read more

Sixers' Odds, Ends and Factoids from Game 5

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 1:59 AM
Odds, ends and factoids from Monday's Game 5 of the Sixers-Celtics series: ♦ Brandon Bass had not led the Celtics in scoring in a game all season. He outscored the Sixers in the third period by himself, 18-16. ♦ Bass was 9-for-10 from the line and his playoff free-throw percentage went... Read more

Sixers-Celtics: Minute by Minute

Monday, May 21, 2012, 12:50 AM
If youth and freshness have anything to do with it, the Sixers have a pretty good shot at getting through to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics' nine-man rotation, led by the aging Kevin Garnett (left), has 50 years and 95,000 NBA minutes on that of the Sixers. Here are the nine-man rotations... Read more

Sixers? Should call them the Niners

Monday, May 21, 2012, 12:05 AM
The Sixers have played 10 playoff games this season, and in nine of the them, they have managed to ring up a "9" somewhere in their final score: Day Date Opponent Dec. Score Opp. Saturday April 28 at Bulls L 91 103 Tuesday May 1 at Bulls W 109 92 Friday May 4 Bulls W ... Read more

Philly vs. Boston Rundown

Sunday, May 20, 2012, 2:00 PM
As the Phillies conclude the three-game set with the Red Sox Sunday and looking forward to the Sixers-Celtics conference semifinal series continuing Monday, we'd thought we look at how the current teams from each city have fared against each other (through Saturday): Regular Season ... Read more

Hamilton Was Hot, But Schmitty Scorched

Saturday, May 19, 2012, 4:52 PM
When the Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton went on his little home run stretch last week (nine dingers over six games), it brought to mind the tears that former Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt would go on that had him looking like a man playing a boy’s game. We found nine such stretches... Read more

Sixers Fans: Don't Touch That Dial!

Saturday, May 19, 2012, 3:27 AM
ESPN Stats & Info points out that the Sixers have recorded two of the three biggest comeback victories in this year's postseason. And they have been involved in three of the five largest: Date Team Opponent Def. Score Time Left (Qtr.) Final April 29 Clippers Grizzlies 27 57-84 2;12 (3rd) ... Read more

Chooch Finally Solves Wrigley

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 11:33 PM
There are many steps to becoming a Phillies' all-time icon. Slapping Wrigley Field around like Carlos Ruiz did Wednesday and Thursday is one of them. (Hitting .363 on the season, as the Phillies catcher is doing this year, is another.) Obviously, the current Phillies do not have as many chances to... Read more

Late-Night Luna Stick

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 3:21 AM
As soon as Hector Luna's grand slam left Wrigley Field Wednesday night, we went right to the play index and found the 27 ninth-inning or later slams hit by Phillies since 1958 (below). Although they are few and far between, two players — Benito Santiago and Ryan Howard... 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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