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Freddy Galvis' Lower .048

Galvis' batting average may join Philly's iconic sports numbers.

Freddy Galvis' Lower .048

Phillies utility man Freddy Galvis. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
Phillies utility man Freddy Galvis. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

If Freddy Galvis didn’t have bad luck this season, he wouldn’t have any luck at all.

First off, he picked up an MRSA infection towards the end of spring training ... Then once he returned he couldn’t hit himself out of a plastic Wawa bag ... And now, after going down to Lehigh Valley to get some better ABs under his belt, he suffered a broken clavicle Sunday when he collided with third baseman Maikel Franco.

All of which means that he will not have any opportunity in the near future to improve upon his 2-for-42 major-league plate performance this season.

And if so, his .048 batting average may become one of those iconic numbers whose mere mention will bring to mind a Philly sports memory.

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Here are some others ...

♦ 4th & 26: Donovan McNabb to Freddie Mitchell in an NFC Divisional playoff game against the Packers in January, 2004.

♦ 6-for-29: Mark Macon’s shooting performace for Temple against Duke in the 1988 Regional Final at the Meadowlands. (Future 76ers general manager Billy King pretty much glued himself to the freshman that day.)

♦ 6 1/2 & 12: Phillies’ lead in the National League and their games remaining before a 10-game losing streak cost them a slot in the 1964 World Series.

♦ 9-73: The record of the 1972-73 Sixers.

♦ 20 to 7: The score of the Eagles’ NFC Championship game victory over the Dallas Cowboys to send them to their first Super Bowl in 1981.

♦ 27-10: Steve Carlton’s won-loss record for the 1972 Phillies (they were 29-12 when he started, 30-85 when he didn’t).

♦ 35: Flyers’ record unbeaten streak (25-0-10) during the 1979-80 season, a record for any North American team. (Not really sure why, but everybody seems to use that qualifier, so we will also ... )

♦ 48-for-48: Brad Lidge performance in save situations during the 2008 regular season and playoffs.

♦ 49 to 48: The score of Saint Joseph’s stunning upset of No. 1-ranked DePaul in the 1981 NCAA Tournament.

♦  55: Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA-record rebound total Nov. 24, 1960 against the Celtics.

♦  58: Ryan Howard’s home run total during his 2006 NL MVP season.

♦  66 to 64: The score of Villanova’s stunning upset of Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA Championship game.

♦  80: Reggie Leach’s goal total covering 96 games of the the 1975-76 regular season (61) and playoffs (19).

♦  90 to 47: The score of Villanova’s stunning victory over Penn in a 1971 NCAA Tournament Regional Final.

♦  100: Wilt’s NBA-record point total on March 2, 1962 against the Knicks in Hershey.

♦  548: Mike Schmidt’s career home run total. (Also, his at-bat total for the 1980 regular season, which resulted in his first MVP Award and his only World Series victory.)

About this blog

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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