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Archive: August, 2012

Howard No Longer Home vs. the Braves

Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 2:01 AM
Ryan Howard's home run against the Braves Tuesday was just the sixth in his last 43 games against the Braves. That pales even more so when you compare it to how he had hammered Atlanta earlier in his career. Though 2009, Howard had homered 32 times against the Braves in 84 games. Moreso, he was averaging... Read more

A String of Ones for Sarge

Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 12:52 AM
Before going 0-for-4 Monday, Ichiro Suzuki had gotten a hit — one hit and only one hit — in each of his first 12 games as a Yankee. Since 1918, the Cardinals' Ted Sizemore has the longest one-hit streak, connecting once in 16 straight games in 1975. Gary Matthews holds the Phillies mark... Read more

Where Chooch Stands

Monday, August 6, 2012, 1:08 AM
Despite his .335 average, Carlos Ruiz is not going to win the National League batting title this season. Any chance he had of reaching the qualifying minimum (503 plate appearances) went out the window when he was placed on the disabled list of the weekend. However, his current numbers place his eighth... Read more

Sunday's Gold Medal Events

Sunday, August 5, 2012, 12:00 AM
Time Sport Event 6:00 a.m. Track & Field Women's Marathon 7:00 a.m. Tennis Men's Singles 7:30 a.m. Shooting Men's 50-Meter Pistol 8:00 a.m. Tennis Women's Doubles 8:00 a.m. Badminton Men's Singles 8:00 a.m. ... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 4:28 AM
(We post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun, as well as a detailed answer, stats, charts and commentary on the previous week's question. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to THIS WEEK'S QUESTION Who are the only two pitchers to homer in a... Read more

Saturday's Gold Medal Events

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 12:00 AM
Time Sport Event 4:00 a.m. Triathlon Women 4:30 a.m. Rowing Women's Single Sculls 4:40 a.m. Rowing Men's Lightweight Double Sculls 5:00 a.m. Rowing Women's Lightweight Double Sculls 5:30 a.m. Rowing Men's Fours 7:00 a... Read more

The Cold Cole Hamels

Friday, August 3, 2012, 4:07 AM
If the Phillies beat the Diamondbacks Friday night, they will have the same record in Joe Blanton's 21 starts that they do in Cole Hamel's 21 starts (12-9). Who would have thunk that back on Memorial Day. Hamels was breezing along at 8-1 with a 2.43 ERA. Since then, he is 3-5 with a 4.18 ERA. And... Read more

Friday's Gold Medal Events

Friday, August 3, 2012, 12:00 AM
Time Sport Event 4:30 a.m. Rowing Men's Single Sculls 5:10 a.m. Rowing Men's Quadruple Sculls 5:20 a.m. Rowing Men's Pairs 5:30 a.m. Rowing Women's Double Sculls 7:00 a.m. Shooting Men's 50-Meter Rifle 8:30 a.m. Badminton ... Read more

A Double Shot of Jimmy's Love

Thursday, August 2, 2012, 1:07 AM
By belting two home runs in the victory over the Nationals Wednesday, Jimmy Rollins (shown at right rounding the bases after his first one) is now among the top 20 Phillies all-time in multi-homer games: Rk, Player No. 1. Mike Schmidt 44 2. Ryan Howard 28 3. Chuck... Read more

Thursday's Gold Medal Events

Thursday, August 2, 2012, 12:00 AM
Thursday's Gold Medal Events: Time Sport Event 4:50 a.m. Rowing Men's Double Sculls 5:00 a.m. Rowing Men's Lightweight Fours 7:30 a.m. Rowing Women's Eights 10:00 a.m. Shooting Men's Double Trap 10:18 a.m. Canoe (Slalom) Men's... 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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