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Extras on the Extras

Extra stuff on the Phillies' extra inning games.

Extras on the Extras

Phillies center fielder John Mayberry Jr. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Phillies center fielder John Mayberry Jr. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

On Sunday, the Phillies played their third consecutive extra-inning game, something they have now done 15 times since 1916, including four times under Charlie Manuel. In that time, they have not had four extra-inning games in a row.

The Major League record for consecutive extra-inning games, according to baseball-almanac, is five, by the 1908 Detroit Tigers. The White Sox, the Phillies' opponent for all of this weekend's extra fun, were the Tigers' foe in the first four of those games.

The last time any MLB team played four consecutive extra-inning games was when Mariners and Rangers did so in every contest of a four-game series in Seattle on Sept. 16-19, 2002. The Phillies' Michael Young was a Texas Ranger at the time. He played all 41 innings and went 4-for-17 with three runs scored and two RBI as the Rangers dropped three of the four.

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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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