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The Saturday Baseball Quiz

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

This is a 1968 photo of Atlanta Braves pitcher Phil Niekro. The knuckleballer was voted into the Hall of Fame, Monday, Jan. 6, 1997. (AP Photo)
This is a 1968 photo of Atlanta Braves pitcher Phil Niekro. The knuckleballer was voted into the Hall of Fame, Monday, Jan. 6, 1997. (AP Photo)

(We post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun. On Sunday, we publish the answer with charts and commentary. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to boopstats@phillynews.com.)

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION

The last time no players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA was 1996.The top eight vote-getters were Phil Niekro, Tony Perez, Don Sutton, Steve Garvey, Ron Santo, Tony Oliva, Jim Rice and Bruce Sutter. Six of them would eventually earn HoF status. Which two have not?


LAST WEEK'S QUESTION

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When former Phillies reliever Brad Lidge retired this winter, he was second on the all-time list for strikeouts per nine innings among those with at least 500 innings pitched. Who is first?

Hint: He is also a former Phillie.

LAST WEEK'S ANSWER

Billy Wagner

 

 Pitcher  IP  SO  SO/9IP
 Billy Wagner 
 903.0 
 1196 
 11.9203 
 Brad Lidge
 603.1    799
 11.9188
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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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