IRON MAN OF BASKETBALL!

apr232007_alvin_patrimonio.jpg[tag]Alvin Patrimonio[/tag] can lay claim as the most durable local until his retirement from the cage scene in 2005. He played 596 straight games (spanning 12 years) for [tag]Purefoods[/tag], capturing MVP after MVP and winning several titles for the Ayala and SMC franchise. He was unable to play in game 597 due to an injury. Although his record is mind-boggling, it is peanuts compared to what [tag]Ron Boone[/tag] has achieved in his storied 13-year career in basketball.

Boone never missed a single basketball game in 13 years. Translation: It means 1041 consecutive games, a feat unmatched in the history of the sport. Boone entered the pro ranks in 1968, suiting up for the [tag]Dallas Chaparrals[/tag] in the old [tag]American Basketball Association[/tag]. From 1968-69 through 1975-76, Boone saw action in 662 straight games.

apr232007_ronboone.jpgWhen the ABA folded up and merged with the NBA in 1976, Boone played in another 379 games, until he was released by the [tag]Utah Jazz[/tag] in January 1981. He never played again. His worn-out sneakers is on display at Recto (the shoe thing is a joke but the story is true)

Pic credits:
http://www.remembertheaba.com/TributeMaterial/Boone.html
http://www.philippinestoday.net/June2002/sports3_602.htm