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Archive: July, 2013

The new Dom Brown

Sunday, July 7, 2013, 8:05 PM
Seventy-six days ago, Domonic Brown woke up with a .206 batting average for the season and a .232 average (in 167 games), for his career, which was teetering, at best. Since then, he has quite simply been one of the best offensive players in the National League ... and Saturday was named to his first... Read more

Fourth Force

Thursday, July 4, 2013, 10:30 PM
The Phillies have now won nine of their last 10 games on Independence Day, and seven of their last nine of those on the road. Since 1991, they are 18-5 on July 4, averaging 5.4 runs per game. Their Fourth of July record since 2004: Year Day Opponent Result 2004 Sunday Orioles W 5-2 ... Read more

UCLAn go now ...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 12:08 AM
It took 47 years after moving to Philadelphia, but the Sixers finally got around to drafting a player out of the basketball hotbed that was UCLA. And, now, they have dealt him away. When the Sixers took Jrue Holiday with the 17th pick in 2009, they became the 27th of the 30 current NBA franchises... Read more

Puig's Month to Remember

Monday, July 1, 2013, 3:03 AM
The Phillies had a first-hand look at history Sunday, as the Dodgers' Yusiel Puig completed one of the best debut months in major league baseball history. Only Joe DiMaggio (46) ever lashed out more hits in his debut calendar month than the 44 Puig compiled through Sunday, but some of Puig's other... 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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