Pete Rose: A Baseball Icon

Jake Harvey, Writer

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Peter Edward Rose Sr., also known by his nickname “Charlie Hustle”, played for the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies and managed the Cincinnati Reds. Rose holds the title for the most major league hits in a career at 4,256. Pete played baseball from 1963 to 1986 and managed from 1984 to 1989.

Rose switch hit, which means he batted from both sides of the plate and holds the record for most hits (4,256), most games played (3,562), at bats (14,053), singles (3, 215), and outs (10,328). He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, and the Rookie of the Year Award, and also made 17 All Star Game appearances at an unequal five positions (second baseman, left fielder, right fielder, third baseman, and first baseman).

In August 1989, Rose’s last year as manager, Major League Baseball expelled him from the game with permanent ineligibility because of accusations that he gambled on baseball games while he managed and played for the Cincinnati Reds. The charges of wrongdoing included claims that he wagered on his own team.

In 1991, the Baseball Hall of Fame orally voted to ban those on the “permanently ineligible” list from induction. After previously excluding such players by informal agreement, Rose accepted the factual reason for the ban, and in return, Major League Baseball agreed to not make a legal complaint regarding the gambling allegations.

Notwithstanding all of his controversy, Pete Rose’s baseball legacy and awards will forever hold a place in baseball history.

 

 

 

 

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