A Case For Pete Rose (Charlie Hustle)

Pete Rose Should Absolutely Be Inducted Into The Hall Of Fame


by Charles Oliver aka Bloggo Schloggo

Pete Rose- Phillies 1980 World Series

Pete Rose- Phillies 1980 World Series


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Pete Rose was one of the best players I have seen in any professional sport. It’s not only about how well he played but, how he played. He was full tilt at all times. Whether it be running the bases, hitting line drives or diving for the ball with all abandon defensively. He played the game as it should be. It was never about him. It was about the team and winning ball games.

That is a rarity especially in this age of pampered multi-millionaires living on exorbitant multi-year contracts. Many resting on their laurels and going through the motions until it’s resigning or free agent time and ratcheting their play up to get that next big contract. Players milking injuries and wallowing on the disabled list.

Not Pete. Pete played the game because he had to. It was a passion, an obsession. A compulsion to be the best he could be. All out or nothing. He ran to first base on every simple infield ground out running as hard as he could like he was stealing home. That’s part of the reason why they called him “Charlie Hustle”. It was all hustle on every play, every at bat, every pitch. When Pete put his uniform on and ran out on the field of play he had tunnel vision. Complete focus on the matters at hand. He was in a zone exempt from distraction.

Pete was one of a kind. There won’t ever be another player quite like him. The day he was born the mold was shattered.

Pete’s accomplishments as a player speak for themselves. Not being in the Hall Of Fame is a travesty. I’ll bet there are a lot of Hall Of Famers and players that played on the same fields with him that feel the same way.

I met Pete one time. I was having dinner at a restaurant he owns in Boca Raton, Florida. I actually bumped into him in the mens room of all places. We struck up a brief conversation and then shook hands, Meeting and talking to Pete even as brief as it was is something I will always remember. Pete struck me as just a regular good guy that also happened to be a true action hero that performed unbelievable feats on the baseball field.

Pete should be in the Hall Of Fame. Sure he messed up with the gambling and betting on games at the end of his career as a manager/player of the Cincinnati Reds. Yes Pete Rose isn’t a god. He’s just a human being like the rest of us and capable of doing wrong and making mistakes. It was a serious infraction and he’s been paying for it since being basically shunned by Major League Baseball. A lot of time has passed since then and Pete isn’t getting any younger (70 years old). It’s high time he was recognized for his accomplishments on the baseball field as a player.

Exciting, dynamic, inspirational and driven. One of the best, if not the best player that ever played the game of baseball.

Below are his unbelievable stats he accumulated through his long career. The numbers don’t lie. They far exceed many players in the Hall. But it’s far more than the tale of the tape. It’s how he performed at the highest level during every pitch of every game. Selfless abandon with one mission… WINNING!

It’s not an accident that Pete happened to be a member of the Phillies when they appeared in their first World Series in 30 years and won the World Series for the first time ever in the club’s history. It took 97 years.to accomplish that.

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Sign my Petition to have Pete Rose eligible to be inducted into the MLB Hall Of Fame…

To the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball- Allan H. Selig, Commissioner- Make Pete Rose eligible for MLB Hall Of Fame Induction

Why This Is Important
Pete Rose was one of the greatest players to ever play the game. He is 70 years old and deserves to have the opportunity for induction into the MLB Hall Of Fame while he is still living. It would tragic for this man not to receive what he deserves for exceptional play matched by very few that are in the Hall Of Fame.

Why People Are Signing
To give Pete Rose the opportunity to be in the Baseball Hall Of Fame which he deserves because of his prowess on the baseball field as one of the best players to have ever played professional baseball.

The Petition Letter to the Commissioner
Make Pete Rose eligible for MLB Hall Of Fame Induction


I just signed the following petition addressed to: Office of the Commissioner of Baseball Allan H. Selig, Commissioner.
—————- Make Pete Rose eligible for MLB Hall Of Fame Induction
Pete Rose was one of the greatest players to ever play the game. He is 70 years old and deserves to have the opportunity for induction into the MLB Hall Of Fame while he is still living. It would tragic for this man not to receive what he deserves for exceptional play matched and unmatched by very few that are in the Hall Of Fame. —————-

Sincerely, Charles “Chuck” Oliver

Sign Petition at this Link…http://www.change.org/petitions/office-of-the-commissioner-of-baseball-allan-h-selig-commissioner-make-pete-rose-eligible-for-mlb-hall-of-fame-induction?share_id=WXKmYtSeUR& 

Charles Oliver besides being a sports fan is also an artist. His works can be seen at The Shenandoah Collection and Charles Oliver Contemporary Art

Pete Rose’s Basball Records

Pete Rose - Philadelphia - 1980 Home

Image by BaseballBacks via Flic


Most Career Hits 4,256

Most Games Played 3,562

Most AB’s 14,053

Most Singles 3,315

Most Total Bases Switch Hitter 5,752

Most Season 200 or more hits 10

Most Season 600 or more AB’s 17

Most Season 150 or more games played 17

Most Winning Games 1,972

5 hits or more in Games 10XS

Only major league Player in History to Play 500 Games at 5 Positions

1B(969) 2B(634) 3B(634) LF(671) RF(595)

Most 20 Games or more hitting streak 7XS

Most Total Times on base 5,929


Most Doubles 746

Longest Consecutive Game Hitting Steak (44 Games) 1978

1963 ROY

1973 NL MVP

1975 WS MVP

17X All star at 5 positions

1B,2B,3B,LF, &RF

3 X NL Batting Champ 1968-1969-1973

All Century Team 1900-2000

4 Hits or More in Games 73 Times

Gold Glove 1969-1970

Most Extra Base Hits by Switch Hitter 1,041

Charlie Hustle

"Charlie Hustle"

Peter Edward Rose (born April 14, 1941), nicknamed “Charlie Hustle”, is a former Major League Baseball player and manager. Rose played from 1963 to 1986, and managed from 1984 to 1989.

Rose, a switch hitter, is the all-time Major League leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053) and outs (10,328).[1] He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five different positions (2B, LF, RF, 3B & 1B).

In August 1989, three years after he retired as an active player, Rose agreed to permanent ineligibility from baseball amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds, including claims that he bet on his own team. In 1991, the Baseball Hall of Fame formally voted to ban those on the “permanently ineligible” list from induction, after previously excluding such players by informal agreement among voters. In 2004, after years of public denial, Rose admitted to betting on baseball and on, but not against, the Reds.[2] The issue of Rose’s possible re-instatement and election to the Hall of Fame remains a contentious one throughout baseball.

Early life

Peter Edward Rose was born April 14, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of four children born to Harry Francis “Pete” and LaVerne Rose. He was a member of the Order of DeMolay as a young boy, and was encouraged by his parents to participate in sports. According to Rose, his father was the biggest influence on Rose and his sports career.

Rose played both baseball and football at Western Hills High School. He was small for his age but earned the starting running back position on his freshman football team. When he was not promoted to the varsity football team in his sophomore year, Rose was dejected and lost interest in his studies. At the end of the school year, Rose’s teachers decreed that he would have to attend summer school or be held back. Harry Rose decided that it would be better for Pete to repeat a year of school than miss a summer playing baseball. Plus, it would give Pete an extra year to mature physically. When Pete reached his senior year, he had already used up his four years of sports eligibility, so in the Spring of 1960, he joined the Class AA team sponsored by Frisch’s Big Boy of Lebanon, Ohio in the Dayton Amateur League. He played catcher, second base, and shortstop and compiled a .626 batting average. This would have been the pinnacle of Rose’s baseball career if not for the help of his uncle Buddy Bloebaum. Bloebaum was a bird dog scout for the Reds and he pleaded the case for his nephew. The Reds, who had recently traded away a number of prospects who turned out to be very good, decided to take a chance on Pete. Upon his graduation from high school, Rose signed a professional contract. He got a $7,000 ($51,912 as of 2012),[3] signing bonus and was promised $5,000 ($37,080 as of 2012),[3] more if he made it all the way to the Major Leagues and managed to stay there for 30 days.

Minor leagues

Rose was signed by the Reds as an amateur free agent on June 18, 1960, and was assigned to the Geneva Redlegs of the New York-Penn League. He played second base, pushing new teammate Tony Perez to third base.[citation needed] Pete hit only .277 and struggled in the field. However, the Geneva fans appreciated his hustling style and voted him Most Popular Player at the end of the season.[citation needed] Pete’s manager in Geneva was not very positive about Pete’s skills, sending a report back to Cincinnati that said, “Pete Rose can’t make a double play, can’t throw, can’t hit left handed, and can’t run.”[citation needed] In 1961 Rose was promoted to the Class D Tampa Tarpons of the Florida State League, where he batted .331 and led the league in hits, total bases, and triples. He actually set a new league record for triples, besting the old mark by more than 10.[citation needed] In 1962 Rose played for the Macon Peaches in Class A Sally League. He hit .330 and led the league in triples and runs scored.

Cincinnati Reds

Rookie of the Year

Rose walks onto the field with the Cincinnati Reds

During a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox in 1963, the Reds’ regular second baseman, Don Blasingame, pulled a groin muscle; Rose got his chance and made the most of it. During another spring training game against the New York Yankees, Whitey Ford gave him the derisive nickname “Charlie Hustle” after Rose sprinted to first base after drawing a walk. Despite (or perhaps because of) the manner in which Ford intended it, Rose adopted that nickname as a badge of honor. In Ken Burns‘ documentary Baseball, Mickey Mantle claimed that Ford gave Rose the nickname after Rose, playing in left field, made an effort to climb the fence to try to catch a Mantle home run that everyone could see was headed over everything.

Rose made the club, and made his major league debut on April 8, 1963 (Opening Day) against the Pittsburgh Pirates and drew a walk. After going 0-for-11, Rose got his first Major League hit on April 13, a triple off Pittsburgh’s Bob Friend. He hit .273 for the year and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award, collecting 17 of 20 votes.

Rose entered the US Army Reserves after the 1963 baseball season. He was assigned to Fort Knox for six months of active duty, which was followed by six years of regular attendance with a 478th Engineering Battalion USAR at Fort Thomas, Kentucky. At Fort Knox, he was a platoon guide and graduated from United States Army Basic Training January 18, 1964, one week before his marriage to Karolyn. Rose then remained at Fort Knox to assist the sergeant in training the next platoon and to help another sergeant train the Fort’s baseball team. Rose received some special treatment during basic training, including befriending the colonel and not having his head shaved.[citation needed] Later in his Fort Thomas service, Rose served as company cook which entailed coming in early for the one weekend/month meeting so that he could get out early enough to participate in local Reds games. Other Reds players in the unit included Johnny Bench, Bobby Tolan, and Darrel Chaney.

Early years

On April 23, 1964, in the top of the ninth inning of a scoreless game in Colt Stadium, Rose reached first base on an error and scored on another error to make Houston Astros Ken Johnson the first pitcher to lose a complete game no-hitter. However, he slumped late in the season, was benched, and finished with just a .269 average. Rose came back in 1965, leading the league in hits (209) and at-bats (670), and finishing sixth in NL MVP balloting. It was the first of his ten seasons with 200-plus hits, and his .312 batting average was the first of nine consecutive .300 seasons. He hit a career-high 16 home runs in 1966, then switched positions from second base to right field the following year.

In 1968, Rose started the season with a 22-game hit streak, missed three weeks (including the All-Star Game) with a broken thumb, then had a 19-game hit streak late in the season. He had to finish the season 6-for-9 to beat out Matty Alou and win the first of two close NL batting-title races with a .335 average. He finished second to St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson for the NL MVP award, earning six first place votes.

Rose had his best offensive season in 1969, setting a career high in batting (.348) and tying his career-best 16 homers. As the Reds’ leadoff man, he was the team’s catalyst, rapping 218 hits, walking 88 times and pacing the league in runs with 120. He hit 33 doubles, 11 triples, He drove in 82 runs, slugged .512 (by far the highest mark of his long career), had a .432 OBP (also a career best). Rose and Roberto Clemente were tied for the batting title going into the final game; Rose bunted for a base hit in his last at-bat of the season to beat out Clemente (.345).

1970 All-Star game

On July 14, 1970, in brand-new Riverfront Stadium (opened just two weeks earlier), Rose was involved in one of the most famous plays in All-Star Game history. Leading off against the California AngelsClyde Wright in the 12th inning, Rose hit a single and advanced to second on another single by the Los Angeles DodgersBilly Grabarkewitz. The Chicago CubsJim Hickman then singled sharply to center. Amos Otis‘ throw went past Cleveland Indians catcher Ray Fosse, as Rose barreled over Fosse to score the winning run. It has been written that Fosse suffered a separated shoulder in the collision, but it went undiagnosed initially. Fosse continued to hit for average (he finished the season at .307), but with diminished power—he had 16 home runs before the break but only two after. He played through the 1979 season, but never approached his first-year numbers.[4] The collision also caused Rose to miss three games with a bruised knee. As can be seen in a replay of the event, Rose initially intended to slide headfirst as he usually did, but when Fosse blocked the plate prior to the throw reaching home, an off-balance Rose came back up and ran through Fosse as the throw went by. Immediately after the play, Rose can be seen trying to check on the injured Fosse as Rose’s National League teammates ran onto the field to celebrate his winning run.

1973 season

Pete Rose at bat during the Big Red Machine years

In 1973, Rose led the league with 230 hits and a .338 batting average en route to winning the NL MVP award, and leading “the Big Red Machine” to the 1973 National League Championship Series against the New York Mets.

During the fifth inning of game three of the series, Joe Morgan hit a double play ball to Mets first baseman John Milner with Rose on first. Rose’s slide into second attempting to break up the double play incited a fight with Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson, resulting in a bench-clearing brawl. The game was nearly called off when, after the Reds took the field, the Shea Stadium crowd threw objects from the stands at Rose, causing Reds manager Sparky Anderson to pull his team off the field until order was restored. Mets Manager Yogi Berra and players Willie Mays, Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones, and Rusty Staub were actually summoned by NL President Chub Feeney out to left field to calm the fans. The Reds ended up losing the game, 7-2, and the NLCS, 3-2, despite Rose’s .381 batting average in the series, and his eighth-inning home run to tie Game One and his 12th-inning home run to win Game Four.

The Big Red Machine


Main article: The Big Red Machine

The Cincinnati Reds of the 1970s earned the nickname “the Big Red Machine,” and is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest teams ever. On a team with many great players, Rose, along with Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Pérez, was viewed as one of the club’s leaders.

In 1975, Rose earned the Hickok Belt as top professional athlete of the year and Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Sportsman of the Year” award. The following year, he was a major force in helping the Reds repeat as World Series champions. The 1976 Reds swept the Phillies 3–0 in the 1976 National League Championship Series, then swept the Yankees 4–0 in the World Series. The 1976 Cincinnati Reds remain the only team since the expansion of the playoffs in 1969 to go undefeated in the postseason. The Reds have not lost a World Series game since Carlton Fisk‘s extra inning home run in 1975, a span of 9 straight wins. What tends to get overlooked was that in 1975 and 1976, it was the successful changing of Rose’s primary position from the outfield to fill the void at third base (3B) that seemed to solidify the Reds team for these 2 championship seasons as this move enabled the Reds to use power hitting outfielder George Foster more.

44-game hitting streak

On May 5, 1978, Rose became the 13th player in major league history to collect his 3,000th career hit, with a single off Montreal Expos pitcher Steve Rogers. On June 14 in Cincinnati, Rose singled in the first inning off Cubs pitcher Dave Roberts; Rose would proceed to get a hit in every game he played until August 1, making a run at Joe DiMaggio’s record 56-game hitting streak, which had stood virtually unchallenged for 37 years. The streak started quietly, but by the time it had reached 30 games, the media took notice and a pool of reporters accompanied Rose and the Reds to every game. On July 19 against the Philadelphia Phillies, Rose was hitless going into the ninth with his team trailing. He ended up walking in the eighth inning and the streak appeared over. But the Reds managed to bat through their entire lineup, giving Rose another chance to bat in the ninth innning. Facing Ron Reed, Rose laid down a perfect bunt single to extend the streak to 32 games.

He would eventually tie Willie Keeler‘s 1897 single season National League record at 44 games; but on August 1, the streak came to an end as Gene Garber of the Atlanta Braves struck out Rose in the ninth inning. The competitive Rose was sour after the game, blasting Garber and the Braves for treating the situation “like it was the ninth inning of the 7th game of the World Series” and adding that “Phil Niekro would have given me a fastball to hit.”[5]

Philadelphia Phillies


The Philadelphia Phillies had won the National League East three years running (1976–1978) two of which were won with 101 win seasons, but were unable to make it to the World Series. In 1979, believing that he was the player who could bring them over the top, the Phillies temporarily made Rose the highest-paid athlete in team sports when they signed him to a four-year, $3.2-million contract as a free agent. With perennial All-Star Mike Schmidt firmly entrenched at third, Rose made the final position change of his career to first base.

Although they missed the postseason in his first year with the team, they earned three division titles (one in the first half of the strike shortened 1981 season), two World Series appearances and their first ever World Series title (1980) in the following four years.

The worst season of Rose’s career was also the season that the Phillies played in their second World Series in four years, 1983. Rose batted only .245 with 121 hits, and found himself benched during the latter part of the ’83 season, appearing periodically to play and pinch hit. Rose did blossom as a pinch-hitter, with 8 hits in 21 at bats, a .381 average.

Rose bounced back in a big way during the postseason, batting .375 (6-for-16) during the N.L. Playoffs against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and .312 in the World Series (5-for-16). Rose collected only one hit in his first eight at-bats in the first two games in Baltimore against the 1983 A.L. Champions. Rose found himself benched for game three back in Philadelphia, and would ground out in a pinch-hitting appearance. Worse yet, Rose showed some unsportsmanlike attitude toward his own manager, Paul Owens, complaining about his benching in a pre-game interview with ABC’s Howard Cosell. Rose bounced back with four hits in his last seven at-bats in the remaining two games. Still, the Phillies lost decisively to the Baltimore Orioles in the 1983 World Series, 4 games to 1.

Montreal Expos

Rose was granted an unconditional release from the Phillies in late October 1983. Phillies management wanted to retain Rose for the 1984 season, but he refused to accept a more limited playing role. Months later, he signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Expos. On April 13, 1984, the 21st anniversary of his first career hit, Rose doubled off of the Phillies’ Jerry Koosman for his 4,000th career hit, joining Ty Cobb to become only the second player to enter the 4000 hit club.

Back to Cincinnati


Rose was traded to the Reds for infielder Tom Lawless on August 15, 1984 and was immediately named player-manager, replacing Reds’ manager Vern Rapp. Though he only batted .259 for the Expos, his average jumped to .365 with the Reds, as he managed them to a 19–22 record for the remainder of the season.

On September 11, 1985, Rose broke Ty Cobb’s all-time hits record with his 4,192nd hit, a single to left-center field off San Diego Padres pitcher Eric Show. According to its Web site, MLB.com, Major League Baseball continues to recognize Cobb’s final hit total as 4,191, though independent research has revealed that two of Cobb’s hits were counted twice.[6][7] Because of this, it has been suggested that Rose actually broke Cobb’s record against the Cubs’ Reggie Patterson with a single in the first inning of a Reds’ 5–5 called game against Chicago on September 8. Because Rose broke Cobb’s record, ABC‘s Wide World of Sports named Rose as its Athlete of the Year that year. Rose accumulated a total of 4,256 hits before his final career at-bat, a strikeout against San Diego’s Rich Gossage on August 17, 1986.

Retirement from playing

On November 11, Rose was dropped from the Reds’ 40-man roster to make room for pitcher Pat Pacillo, and he unofficially retired as a player, however, he continued as manager. “Charlie Hustle” finished with an incredible number of Major League and National League records that have lasted for many years. Rose, always proud of his ability to hit .300 or better in 15 of his 24 playing seasons, has a lifetime .303 batting average.

Rose managed the Reds from August 15, 1984, to August 24, 1989, with a 426-388 record. During his four full seasons at the helm (1985–1988), the Reds posted four second-place finishes in the NL West division. His 426 managerial wins rank fifth in Reds history.

30 days suspension

On April 30, 1988 during a home game against the New York Mets, following a call by umpire Dave Pallone, which allowed the Mets’ eventual winning run to score in the 6–5 game, Rose argued and made physical contact with the umpire, pushing him. Rose claimed that Pallone had scratched him in the face during the argument, which provoked the push. National League president A. Bartlett Giamatti suspended Rose for 30 days, which was the longest suspension ever levied for an on-field incident involving a manager. The shove caused a near-riot at Riverfront Stadium, and fans showered the field with debris. The length of the suspension did allow Rose to undergo and fully recuperate from knee surgery.[8]

Permanent ineligibility


Amid reports that he had bet on baseball, Rose was questioned in February 1989 by outgoing commissioner Peter Ueberroth and his replacement, Bart Giamatti. Rose denied the allegations and Ueberroth dropped the investigation. However, three days after Giamatti became Commissioner, lawyer John M. Dowd was retained to investigate these charges against Rose. Sports Illustrated, who first reported the story of Rose’s gambling on March 21, 1989[9] , gave the public their first detailed report of the allegations that Rose had placed bets on baseball games. Sports Illustrated ran the cover story in issue for the week of April 3rd, 1989.[10]

Dowd interviewed many of Rose’s associates, including alleged bookies and bet runners. He delivered a summary of his findings to the Commissioner in May. In it, Dowd documented Rose’s alleged gambling activities in 1985 and 1986 and compiled a day-by-day account of Rose’s alleged betting on baseball games in 1987. The Dowd Report documented his alleged bets on 52 Reds games in 1987, where Rose wagered a minimum of $10,000 a day. Others involved in the allegations claim that number was actually $2,000 a day.

According to the Dowd Report itself, “no evidence was discovered that Rose bet against the Reds.”[2] This is in contrast to the case of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and his teammates in the Black Sox Scandal, who were accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series. Those critical of Rose’s behavior, including Ohio’s own Hall of Fame baseball reporter Hal McCoy, have observed that “the major problem with Rose betting on baseball, particularly the Reds, is that as manager he could control games, make decisions that could enhance his chances of winning his bets, thus jeopardizing the integrity of the game.”[11]

Rose continued to deny all of the accusations against him and refused to appear at a hearing with Giamatti on the matter. He filed a lawsuit alleging that the Commissioner had prejudged the case and could not provide a fair hearing. A Cincinnati judge issued a temporary restraining order to delay the hearing, but Giamatti fought to have the case moved to Federal Court. The Commissioner prevailed in that effort, after which he and Rose entered settlement negotiations.

On August 24, 1989, Rose voluntarily accepted a permanent place on baseball’s ineligible list.[12] Rose accepted that there was a factual reason for the ban; in return, Major League Baseball agreed to make no formal finding with regard to the gambling allegations. According to baseball’s rules, Rose could apply for reinstatement in one year. Rose, with a 412-373 record, was replaced as Reds manager by Tommy Helms. Rose began therapy with a psychiatrist for treatment of a gambling addiction.

In a December 2002 interview, investigator Dowd stated that he believed that Rose may have bet against the Reds while managing them.[13]

Rose’s ban has prevented the Reds from formally retiring his #14 jersey. However, aside from his son Pete Jr.‘s brief stint with the team in 1997, the Reds have not issued that number since Rose’s ban. Even though the number has not been retired, it is highly unlikely that any Red will ever wear that number again. Uniform number 14 was retired in Rose’s honor by the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League.

Tax evasion

On April 20, 1990, Rose pleaded guilty to two charges of filing false income tax returns not showing income he received from selling autographs and memorabilia, and from horse racing winnings. On July 19, Rose was sentenced to five months in the medium security Prison Camp at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois and fined $50,000.[14] He was released on January 7, 1991 after having paid $366,041 in back taxes and interest, and was required to perform 1000 hours of community service.[15][16]

Hall of Fame eligibility

On February 4, 1991, the Hall of Fame voted formally to exclude individuals on the permanently ineligible list from being inducted into the Hall of Fame by way of the Baseball Writers Association of America vote (though it was already an “unwritten” rule prior). Rose is the only living member of the ineligible list. Players who were not selected by the BWAA could be considered by the Veterans Committee in the first year after they would have lost their place on the Baseball Writers’ ballot. Under the Hall’s rules, players may appear on the ballot for only fifteen years, beginning five years after they retire. Had he not been banned from baseball, Rose’s name could have been on the writers’ ballot beginning in 1992 and ending in 2006.[17] He would have been eligible for consideration by the Veterans Committee in 2007, but did not appear on the ballot.[18] In 2008 the Veterans Committee barred players and managers on the ineligible list from consideration.[19]

MLB All-Century team

In 1999, Rose was selected as an outfielder on the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. To select the team, a panel of experts first compiled a list of the 100 greatest players from the past century. Fans then voted on the players using paper and online ballots.

An exception was made to his ban to allow him to participate in the pre-game introduction of the All-Century team before Game 2 of the 1999 World Series between the Braves and Yankees. Despite never having been a member of the Braves, Rose received the loudest ovation of the All-Century team members from the crowd at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.

After the ceremony on live television, NBC‘s Jim Gray repeatedly asked Rose if he was ready to admit to betting on baseball and apologize.[20][21][22] Many people were outraged over Gray’s aggressive questioning, feeling that it detracted from the ceremony. In protest, Yankees outfielder Chad Curtis, at the behest of his team, refused to speak with Gray after his game-winning home run in Game 3. Earlier that season, Rose had been ranked at number 25 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players.

While allowing him to participate in the All-Century Team, MLB has refused to allow him to participate in local events in Cincinnati, such as the 25th anniversary reunion of the Big Red Machine, the closing of Cinergy Field, and the opening of the Great American Ballpark, as well as the closing of Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia and 1980 Phillies anniversary celebrations.

Reinstatement efforts

In September 1997, Rose applied for reinstatement. Bud Selig, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, never acted on that application. He had previously applied for reinstatement in 1992, but then-commissioner Fay Vincent also never acted on it.

In public comments, Selig said he saw no reason to reconsider Rose’s punishment; however, in March 2003, Selig acknowledged that he was considering Rose’s application, leading to speculation that Rose’s return might be imminent.[23] Ultimately, however, Selig took no action. Even supporters of Rose’s reinstatement concede that it is not likely that reinstatement will occur under Selig’s tenure as commissioner.

On July 27, 2009, the New York Daily News reported that Commissioner Selig has seriously considered lifting Rose’s lifetime suspension from baseball.[24] The next day, Selig shot down these rumors and Rose will in fact remain suspended, indefinitely.

Coming clean


In his autobiography My Prison Without Bars, published by Rodale Press on January 8, 2004, Rose finally admitted publicly to betting on baseball games and other sports while playing for and managing the Reds. He also admitted to betting on Reds games, but said that he never bet against the Reds. He repeated his admissions in an interview on the ABC news program Primetime Thursday. He also said in the book that he hoped his admissions would help end his ban from baseball so that he could reapply for reinstatement.

In March 2007 during an interview on The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio, Rose said, “I bet on my team every night. I didn’t bet on my team four nights a week. I bet on my team to win every night because I loved my team, I believed in my team,” he said. “I did everything in my power every night to win that game.”[25] Whether Rose bet every night is significant to whether he had an incentive to influence the team’s performance depending on whether he had a bet down on a particular game. John Dowd disputed Rose’s contention that he bet on the Reds every night, asserting that Rose did not bet on his team when Mario Soto or Bill Gullickson pitched.[26] Both Gullickson[27] and Soto had ERA’s substantially poorer than others in the National League during 1987.

The criticism of Rose did not diminish after this admission—even some Rose supporters were outraged that Rose would suddenly reverse fifteen years of denials as part of a book publicity tour. In addition, the timing was called into question—by making his admission just two days after the Baseball Hall of Fame announced its class of 2004 inductees, Rose appeared to be linking himself publicly to the Hall. Further adding to the debate was the 2004 ESPN made-for-TV movie Hustle, starring Tom Sizemore as Rose, which documents Rose’s gambling problem and his subsequent ban from baseball.



Between the years 1998 and 2000, Rose appeared at World Wrestling Entertainment’s annual WrestleMania pay-per-view event. At WrestleMania XIV he served as “guest ring announcer” during a match between Kane and the Undertaker, before which he took a Tombstone Piledriver from Kane (nicknamed “The Big Red Machine” for his red ring attire).[28] For the next year’s WrestleMania XV, Rose was portrayed as seeking revenge. To do so he dressed as the San Diego Chicken and “attacked” Kane before his scheduled match, only to take another Tombstone.[29] He returned for a third time the following year, at WrestleMania 2000, but again was thwarted by Kane, as well as his tag team partner that night, Rikishi.

In addition to these three appearances, he appeared in a Halloween-themed commercial for WWE’s No Mercy event in 2002 and was chokeslammed by Kane. In 2004, Rose was inducted into the “Celebrity Wing” of the WWE Hall of Fame.[30] He was the first celebrity to go into the Hall, and was inducted at a ceremony prior to WrestleMania XX by Kane himself.[31]

On March 22, 2010, he appeared as the guest host on WWE Raw, which was the last episode of Raw before WrestleMania XXVI. As his first order of business, he setup a match between Shawn Michaels and Kane, which Michaels won. Later on in the night, Kane attacked Rose offscreen.

Personal life

Pete Rose married Karolyn Englehardt on January 25, 1964, and the couple had two children, daughter Fawn (born on December 29, 1964) and son Pete Rose Jr. (born on November 16, 1969). The couple divorced in 1980.

Rose married his second wife, Carol J. Woliung, in 1984. They have two children, son Tyler (born on October 1, 1984) and daughter Cara (born on August 22, 1989). Rose filed for divorce from Carol in March 2011. The 69-year-old Rose cited irreconcilable differences for the split, but his petition did not offer any additional details. Rose didn’t include a date for their separation. Further documents in the filing say that Rose is looking to acquire all memorabilia and other possessions before the marriage.[32]

Rose began openly having an affair with glamor model Kiana Kim while still married to his wife Carol. During a 2009 interview, Rose discussed his relationship with Kim while omitting her name, stating, “My girl has finally decided to try to shoot for Playboy, and they were kind enough to give her an opportunity to come to Houston for an interview, and we’re excited about that.”

Two of Rose’s children have lived public lives. Cara has worked as a television actress, appearing as a regular in the first season of the soap opera Passions and playing a recurring role on Melrose Place. She uses the stage name “Chea Courtney“.[33]

His oldest son, Pete Rose Jr., spent sixteen years as a minor league baseball player, advancing to the majors once for an 11-game stint with the Cincinnati Reds in 1997. In his first Major League at-bat, Pete Jr. paid tribute to his father by imitating Pete Sr.’s famous batting stance.

pete rose collides with ray fosse knocking ball loose 1970 all star game

Pete Rose collides with Ray Fosse knocking ball loose 1970 All Star Game

Pete RosePositions: Outfielder, First Baseman and Third Baseman Bats: Both, Throws: Right Height: 5′ 11″, Weight:192 lb.

Born: April  14, 1941 in  Cincinnati, OH (Age 70) High School: Western Hills (Cincinnati, OH) Signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an amateur free agent in 1960. (All Transactions) Debut: April 8, 1963 Teams (by GP): Reds/Phillies/Expos 1963-1986 Agents: Jordan Feagan,Reuven Katz, previously: Jerry Kapstein  [*] Final Game: August 17, 1986 Relatives: Father of Pete Rose

1960 CIN-min 321 89 8 5 1 .277 .277 .343 .620 GEN · NYPL
1961 CIN-min 484 160 20 30 2 .331 .331 .508 .839 TAM · FLOR
1962 CIN-min 540 136 178 31 17 9 71 15 95 61 .330 .431 .500 .931 MAC · SALL
1963 CIN 623 101 170 25 9 6 41 13 55 72 .273 .334 .371 .705 RoY-1
1964 CIN 516 64 139 13 2 4 34 4 36 51 .269 .319 .326 .645
1965 CIN 670 117 209 35 11 11 81 8 69 76 .312 .382 .446 .828 AS,MVP-6
1966 CIN 654 97 205 38 5 16 70 4 37 61 .313 .351 .460 .811 MVP-10
1967 CIN 585 86 176 32 8 12 76 11 56 66 .301 .364 .444 .808 AS,MVP-10
1968 CIN 626 94 210 42 6 10 49 3 56 76 .335 .391 .470 .861 AS,MVP-2
1969 CIN 627 120 218 33 11 16 82 7 88 65 .348 .428 .512 .940 AS,MVP-4,GG
1970 CIN 649 120 205 37 9 15 52 12 73 64 .316 .385 .470 .855 AS,MVP-7,GG
1971 CIN 632 86 192 27 4 13 44 13 68 50 .304 .373 .421 .793 AS,MVP-24
1972 CIN 645 107 198 31 11 6 57 10 73 46 .307 .382 .417 .799 MVP-12
1973 CIN 680 115 230 36 8 5 64 10 65 42 .338 .401 .437 .838 AS,MVP-1
1974 CIN 652 110 185 45 7 3 51 2 106 54 .284 .385 .388 .773 AS
1975 CIN 662 112 210 47 4 7 74 0 89 50 .317 .406 .432 .838 AS,MVP-5
1976 CIN 665 130 215 42 6 10 63 9 86 54 .323 .404 .450 .854 AS,MVP-4
1977 CIN 655 95 204 38 7 9 64 16 66 42 .311 .377 .432 .809 AS,MVP-15
1978 CIN 655 103 198 51 3 7 52 13 62 30 .302 .362 .421 .783 AS,MVP-11
1979 PHI 628 90 208 40 5 4 59 20 95 32 .331 .418 .430 .848 AS,MVP-15
1980 PHI 655 95 185 42 1 1 64 12 66 33 .282 .352 .354 .706 AS
1981 PHI 431 73 140 18 5 0 33 4 46 26 .325 .391 .390 .781 AS,MVP-10,SS
1982 PHI 634 80 172 25 4 3 54 8 66 32 .271 .345 .338 .683 AS
1983 PHI 493 52 121 14 3 0 45 7 52 28 .245 .316 .286 .602
1984 TOT 374 43 107 15 2 0 34 1 40 27 .286 .359 .337 .696
1984 MON 278 34 72 6 2 0 23 1 31 20 .259 .334 .295 .629
1984 CIN 96 9 35 9 0 0 11 0 9 7 .365 .430 .458 .888
1985 CIN 405 60 107 12 2 2 46 8 86 35 .264 .395 .319 .713 AS
1986 CIN 237 15 52 8 2 0 25 3 30 31 .219 .316 .270 .586
24 Seasons *14053* 2165 *4256* 746 135 160 1314 198 1566 1143 .303 .375 .409 .784
162 Game Avg. 639 98 194 34 6 7 60 9 71 52 .303 .375 .409 .784
CIN (19 yrs) 10934 1741 3358 601 115 152 1036 146 1210 972 .307 .379 .425 .804
PHI (5 yrs) 2841 390 826 139 18 8 255 51 325 151 .291 .365 .361 .726
MON (1 yr) 278 34 72 6 2 0 23 1 31 20 .259 .334 .295 .629

Hall Of Fame Statistics

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Black Ink Batting – 64 (14), Average HOFer ≈ 27 Gray Ink Batting – 239 (24), Average HOFer ≈ 144 Hall of Fame Monitor Batting – 308 (13), Likely HOFer ≈ 100 Hall of Fame Standards Batting – 55 (62), Average HOFer ≈ 50
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  19. Paul Molitor (782) * 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 C
  20. Paul Molitor (772) * 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 C
  21. Paul Waner (663) * 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 C
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Schwimer Shipped Off With Being Out Of Favor And A Bullpen Glut

Phils acquire first baseman Charles for Schwimer


By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com | 02/23/2013 6:31 PM ET


CLEARWATER, Fla. — There is more to the Michael Schwimer trade than just a glut of relief pitchers in Phillies camp.


Michael Schwimer

Michael Schwimer (Photo credit: Keith Allison)


The Phillies announced Saturday that they traded Schwimer to the Toronto Blue Jays for Minor League first baseman Art Charles. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said they shipped Schwimer to Toronto because they had depth in the bullpen, they needed to anticipate future roster moves and they needed power at the Minor League level. But Schwimer had fallen out of favor with the organization after he disputed the Phillies’ decision to send him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in August, claiming he was injured, although there also had been other issues.


It might be more accurate to call this trade addition by subtraction.


“He’s a great kid,” said Amaro, when asked if last season’s dispute sparked the trade. “There’s nothing wrong with Schwim.”


Schwimer said he agreed, but added one caveat.


“The Phillies want to win, period, so they’re not going to let any petty differences affect them wanting to win,” he said. “So, in my opinion, I think that had absolutely zero effect.”


English: Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phill...

Cole Hamels


Major League Baseball rules prevent a team from sending a player to the Minor Leagues while injured. The Phillies optioned Schwimer to Lehigh Valley on Aug. 23. He said he was hurt and should have been placed on the disabled list, but the Phillies disagreed. Schwimer didn’t report to the team immediately as he sought a second opinion. And while no formal grievance has been filed, Schwimer said, “As far as I’m concerned it’s an open issue. Nothing has been filed. Nothing has been done. But it’s still definitely an open issue.”


“There’s a lot of things I can’t get into with that,” he added. “What I will say was there was definitely a disconnect in communication from what I … that’s all I’m going to say. It was nothing personal against them, it was nothing personal against me. As a young player, you really don’t know how to handle certain things, and in their opinion I handled things the wrong way, and in my opinion they handled things … it was just a communication difference.”


Schwimer also got into trouble earlier in the season when he tweeted roster moves before they became official. And while there was a personality conflict at times, Schwimer was highly complimentary to the organization Saturday.


“This is a business,” Schwimer said. “Everybody has to do what they think will make the team better. I respect their decision completely. I absolutely loved my time with the Phillies. They drafted me in 2008, called me up to the big leagues and … if I wasn’t a Phillie I would never have met my wife, so there’s a lot of life things and a lot of both on and off the field things that would never have happened if I wasn’t a Philadelphia Phillie. I loved the teammates and the team. I hope we meet in the World Series. It’s been a great time and a great ride.”


Even with a plethora of relievers in camp, it is unusual to trade a pitcher like Schwimer, who has plenty of potential. He had a 7.56 ERA through nine appearances last season, but a 3.46 ERA in his final 26 appearances. He also has options remaining, which makes him valuable.


“It’s an arm that should pitch in the big leagues,” pitching coach Rich Dubee said. “He’s got plenty of talent to pitch in the big leagues. He’s got to get some presence. He’s got to get some composure on the mound. He’s got to understand who he is and what he is as a pitcher. But he’s got to stick to doing things the right way instead of trying to be too macho at times and coming out of his delivery.”


Asked if he felt like he needed to make this trade now, Amaro said, “No, we didn’t have to. We could have waited, but we felt like it was the right thing to do right now for us.”


Charles, 22, hit .236 with 15 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 34 RBIs and a .909 OPS combined with Rookie level Bluefield and Class A Vancouver.


“Charles is a guy that has got big pop,” Amaro said. “Whether he is going to be a Major League hitter at some point, we don’t know. But we know he has a lot of power and is a pretty decent athlete. He’s a big kid, and we’ll see — a lot of home runs, a lot of strikeouts, a lot of walks. We’ll see. We’re taking a chance on a guy.”


Hamels feeling urge to accept leadership role


CLEARWATER, Fla. — Nobody has said a word to Cole Hamels about Opening Day, which is fine with him.


Pitching the season opener would be nice, but …


“I’ve never really thought about it,” he said after pitching two scoreless innings Saturday in the Phillies’ Grapefruit League opener against Houston at Bright House Field. “It’s one game, one appearance and then you’re back into the normal baseball atmosphere. I’ve never really looked at it as this big sort of ordeal. I’ve always valued the playoffs. When you have to lead off the playoff game and a series, I think that’s pretty important. I think that’s kind of where it’s at. If you do get that honor, you just go out and stick to business and try to win a ballgame.”


Hamels is expected to start Opening Day on April 1, but that is more than a month away. Saturday simply represented the first step toward what Hamels hopes is a late run into October. That is what he is preparing for, and that is what is on his mind.


It is why he said he declined to participate in the World Baseball Classic.


“I don’t think it’s the smartest thing for pitchers to do,” he said. “Ultimately, I think a lot of the pitchers have the right idea, too. You don’t see any of the big-time guys up there. I think ultimately our goal is to win a World Series, not the WBC. That’s something I’m always going to keep on track, that’s first and foremost — winning the World Series. I’m going to do everything I can for the Phillies and this organization and my teammates.”


So Hamels also acknowledged he could step into more of a leadership role this season. Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay said earlier this week it’s Hamels’ time to start Opening Day. He also said it’s time for him to become more vocal as a leader. Those comments came before closer Jonathan Papelbon said he hadn’t seen any leadership in the clubhouse since he has been here.


“I’m almost 30, so I should probably kick it in gear with the leadership role,” Hamels said. “I have been here for a long time and I’ve seen some leaders leave, like Pat [Burrell], [Jamie] Moyer and Jayson Werth and Aaron Rowand — those guys were big-time leaders. You can’t expect new guys to come in and lead a team. They have to feel it out. I agree with Pap. Last year, I wasn’t fulfilling my end of the bargain either. We are all guilty. We all have to step up and take a role and a presence in this team and get back to what we’re capable of doing, which is winning.”


Hamels used to talk about throwing perfect games and winning Cy Young Awards, but that is on the back burner. He said he sees a sense of urgency in the clubhouse this spring as some players sense the window of opportunity to win closing.


So the Cy Young Award? Eh, that would be a nice bonus.


“I’d be lying if I didn’t say it would be nice to have one,” he said. “I would trade Cy Youngs for World Series rings any day of the week, and I think [Cliff Lee and Halladay] would, too. That’s the reason why we play baseball — to win championships, not a plaque to put on the wall.”


Utley steps right up in game action, feels ‘perfect’


CLEARWATER, Fla. — It had been a couple years of setbacks and soreness, but Chase Utley is finally back on the field.


He played three innings Saturday in the Phillies’ Grapefruit League opener against the Houston Astros at Bright House Field. It was his first Spring Training game since 2010 because of problems with chronically injured knees. Utley went 1-for-2 with one RBI, ripping the first pitch he saw from Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell up the middle in the first inning to score a run in the 8-3 loss.


“It was a good first step,” Utley said.


Utley isn’t sure how much he will play this spring or if he will be on a routine schedule like other players in camp, but he will not play Sunday against the Tigers in Lakeland. He is expected back in the lineup Monday against the Tigers in Clearwater.


“To be honest, I forgot what a normal Spring Training schedule is,” he said. “No, what Charlie [Manuel] and I have planned, there will be plenty of games under my belt. So far so good. Things are progressing well. … The last couple of Spring Trainings I was just trying to figure out a way to get on the field, and that didn’t work. This year, the stuff I did in the offseason has worked so far. Hopefully it will give me a chance to not only know what I need to do to get on the field but to actually make some progressions while playing.”


But the biggest question is: no pain in the knees?


“I feel good,” he said. “Perfect.”


Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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