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Archive: June, 2013

Phillies Walk-Off Grand Slams

Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 12:25 AM
John Mayberry Tuesday night connected on the 10th walk-off grand slam hit by the Phillies since 1945 (as far back as we could search the baseball-reference.com database): Date Batter Opponent/ Pitcher Final Baserunners July 27, 1958 Wally Post Dodgers Clem Labine 6-2 (10) Bowman,... Read more

Phillies of the Month

Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 2:28 AM
The National League established its Player of the Month Award in 1958, but it took 15 years for a Phillies batter to have four weeks good enough to capture it. (Pitcher Jim Bunning did win it in June, 1964, before it was split into two award, the Player and the Pitcher of the Month.) Domonic Brown... 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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Bob Vetrone Jr.
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