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An All-Star Memory

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 3:30 AM
I have been to three baseball All-Star games (the two at Veterans Stadium in 1976 and 1996; 1990 at Wrigley Field), and my favorite memory is from the first one. Actually, it is from before the first one. We had seats in the first couple of rows of the 600 level in left-center field. I had never sat... Read more

Phillies on the Hill in the All-Star Game

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 2:00 AM
Tuesday night will mark the 11th All-Star Game started by a Phillies pitcher. Hopefully, Roy Halladay will do a little better than his predecessors, who have 7.04 ERA in those starts: Year Pitcher City Stadium Dec. IP H R ER HR BB SO 1950 Robin Roberts Chicago (AL) Commiskey Park — 3 3 1 1 0 1 1 1951 Robin... Read more

For Phillies, Something About The Dodgers

Sunday, July 10, 2011, 11:50 PM
There are plenty of points over the previous couple of seasons where you can see the Phillies’ record improve dramatically from that time on. Here’s one of our favorites ... The Phillies’ records since 2007 before and after the Dodgers opened their one regular-season series at Citizens... Read more

Phillies: P's HRs at CBP

Saturday, July 9, 2011, 11:39 PM
Cliff Lee's home run Saturday was the fifth hit by a Phillies pitcher at Citizens Bank Park since it opened in 2004. That includes the first — hit three innings before he hit the second — by Randy Wolf and Joe Blanton's memorable blast in Game 4 of the 2008 World Series. Date Player Opponent Aug... Read more

Phillies: Lefty's Months

Saturday, July 9, 2011, 12:40 AM
As Cliff Lee took the mound in Toronto last Sunday, burgers were on the grill, cold beverages were making their way toward bellies and this question was in the air: "Did Steve Carlton have anywhere near as good a month in his great 1972 season as Cliff Lee had this June (5-0. 0.21)?" The answer is... Read more

Flyers: And Jagr Makes 10

Friday, July 8, 2011, 12:00 PM
There were 21 players taken in the first round of the 1990 NHL Draft. Jamomir Jagr would be the 10th of those 21 to play at least one game for the Flyers. Those 10 include four of the top five picks and six of the first nine. Players drafted in that round with date of Flyers debut and games played... Read more

Phils' Offense In A Pinch

Friday, July 8, 2011, 8:00 AM
According to baseball-reference.com, Phillies' pinch-hitters have a higher batting average than any other position on the club, edging out center field, third base and shortstop. And for all us National League purists, Phillies' pitchers have a higher batting average and slugging percentage than their... Read more

Phils' Latest Run Started Exactly Four Years Ago

Friday, July 8, 2011, 1:15 AM
Four years ago Thursday, the Phillies registered the 9,999th loss in their history. The next day — four years ago Friday — they took to the diamond as one at Denver's Coors Field to help the Colorado Rockies’ ground crew corral an infield tarp gone awry during a sixth-inning thunderstorm... Read more

Rollins Can Be A Beast vs. East

Thursday, July 7, 2011, 1:15 AM
Jimmy Rollins is hitting .300 this season against every team in the NL East ... except the Braves, who visit Citizens Bank Park for a three-game set starting Friday. His home run in Florida Wednesday was his eighth of the season, half of which have come against the Marlins. And although he is batting... Read more

Phillies' Shutout Letdowns

Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 2:12 AM
Despite Tuesday's 14-2 drubbing of the Marlins, the Phillies still have a losing record (4-9) in games following a shutout tossed by their pitching staff: SHUTOUT WINS NEXT GAME Date Opponent Score Date Opponent Result April... 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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