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Philly Baseball: On The Road to Losing

Sunday, August 11, 2013, 2:20 PM
For the 31st time since 1900, a major league baseball team from Philadelphia has put together a road losing streak of 11 or more games (ties within the streak are discounted). The Phillies' loss Sunday in Washington marked their 19th streak of consecutive road losses reaching 11. The Athletics had... Read more

Longest Preseason Winning Streaks

Friday, August 9, 2013, 12:40 AM
(Note: We know it is only preseason football, but any time these days we can get the name of a Philadelphia sports team and the words "winning streak" in the same sentence, we feel compelled ... ) In case you have forgotten, the Eagles are riding a six-game preseason winning streak.The last time they... Read more

Career Numbers for The Philly 3

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 2:12 AM
Now that Chase Utley appears to have agreed to a contract extension, each of the Phillies' Big 3 are locked up through at least the 2014 season. So, what better time to take a look at the career totals for each. One thing we'll point out before you go purusing these numbers yourself ... Each of the... Read more

An Anniversary to Forget

Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 1:20 PM
If you’re a long-suffering Phillies fan – and is there really any other kind? – you have the Blue Snow of 1964, Black Friday and Joe Carter, among others, stuck in your craw. For us, this day – Aug. 6 – is right up there. It was on this date in 1981 that major league... Read more

Teddy "84" Ballgame

Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 12:00 AM
After Darin Ruf extended his consecutive games reaching base streak to 32 on Sunday, we posted a list of the Phillies' career leaders in that department. That was topped by Mike Schmidt's 56 consecutive games over the 1981-82 seasons. Monday, someone asked who was the major league's record-holder... Read more

A Ruf Stretch

Sunday, August 4, 2013, 9:37 PM
With a base hit in the fourth inning Sunday night, Phillies rookie Darin Ruf has now reached base safely in 32 consecutive games, dating to Sept. 25 of last season. That is tied for the Phillies' 25th longest streak since 1916, which is how far back we can check with the fabulous database at baseball-reference... Read more

Curt Schilling: Second To Young

Friday, August 2, 2013, 8:50 AM
Sure, you can remember Curt Schilling for his 11-2 postseason record or being the last Phillie to reach 300 strikeouts in a single season, but we'll see him as the only pitcher in major league history to finish second in the Cy Young Award voting three times without winning it. Here are multilple... 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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