79 Facts About Pete Rose


Pete Rose played in Major League Baseball from 1963 to 1986, most prominently as a member of the Cincinnati Reds team known as the Big Red Machine for their dominance of the National League in the 1970s.

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Pete Rose played for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Montreal Expos.

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Pete Rose was a switch hitter and is the all-time MLB leader in hits, games played, at-bats, singles, and outs .

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Pete Rose won three World Series, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, and the Rookie of the Year Award.

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Pete Rose made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five positions .

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Pete Rose won both of his Gold Gloves when he was an outfielder, in 1969 and 1970.

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In June 2015, ESPN concluded its own investigation of Pete Rose and determined that he had bet on baseball while still a player–manager.

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Pete Rose was a member of the Order of DeMolay as a boy and was encouraged by his parents to participate in sports.

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Pete Rose played baseball and football at Western Hills High School.

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When he was not promoted to the varsity football team in his sophomore year, Pete Rose was dejected and soon lost interest in his studies.

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Pete Rose's father decided it would be better for Pete to repeat a year of school than miss a summer playing baseball.

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When Pete Rose reached his senior year, he had used up his four years of sports eligibility.

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Pete Rose entered the United States Army Reserves after the 1963 baseball season.

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Pete Rose was assigned to Fort Knox for six months of active duty, followed by six years of attendance with a 478th Engineering Battalion USAR unit at Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

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Pete Rose remained at Fort Knox to assist his sergeant in training the next platoon and to help another sergeant train the fort's baseball team.

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Pete Rose came back in 1965, leading the league in hits and at-bats, and finishing sixth in NL MVP balloting.

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Pete Rose hit a career-high 16 home runs in 1966, then switched positions from second base to right field the following year.

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In 1968, Pete Rose started the season with a 22-game hitting streak, missed three weeks with a broken thumb, then had a 19-game hitting streak late in the season.

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Pete Rose finished second to St Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson for the NL MVP award, earning six first place votes.

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Pete Rose hit 33 doubles and 11 triples, drove in 82 runs, slugged.

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Pete Rose had 16 home runs before the break but only two afterwards.

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Pete Rose played with the Indians until the 1972 season, but never approached his first-year numbers.

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Pete Rose slid into second base in an attempt to break up the double play.

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Pete Rose's team included future Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez, and he was viewed as one of the club's leaders.

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Pete Rose was a significant factor in the Reds' success in 1975 and 1976 when he successfully moved from the outfield to third base.

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In 1975, Pete Rose earned World Series MVP honors in leading the Reds to their first championship since 1940, a seven-game triumph over the Boston Red Sox.

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Pete Rose was awarded the Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of the year, as well as Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman of the Year" award.

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Pete Rose's team was trailing in the ninth inning and the streak appeared over, but the Reds batted through their entire lineup and gave Rose another chance to bat.

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Pete Rose faced Ron Reed and laid down a perfect bunt single to extend the streak to 32 games.

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Pete Rose took full advantage of Rose's predicament by throwing him an off-speed pitch out of the strike zone, which Rose swung at and missed.

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Pete Rose blasted Garber and the Braves for treating the situation "like it was the ninth inning of the seventh game of the World Series".

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In 1979, the Phillies believed that Pete Rose was the player who could bring them over the top, and they temporarily made him the highest-paid athlete in team sports when they signed him to a four-year, $3.

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Pete Rose had the worst season of his career in 1983, which was the season that the Phillies played in their second World Series in four years.

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Pete Rose went 1-for-8 in the first two games in Baltimore and was benched for game three in Philadelphia, though he grounded out in a pinch-hitting appearance.

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Pete Rose objected to manager Paul Owens' decision to bench him in a pre-game interview with Howard Cosell of ABC Sports.

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Pete Rose bounced back with four hits in his last seven at-bats in the remaining two games, though the Phillies lost the Series to the Orioles, four games to one.

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Pete Rose was granted an unconditional release from the Phillies in late October 1983.

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Pete Rose played 95 games with the Expos, accumulating 72 hits and 23 RBIs while batting.

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In 2010, Deadspin reported Pete Rose used corked bats during his 1985 pursuit of Cobb's record.

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Pete Rose had first met Rose in 1978 in spring training and befriended him.

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Pete Rose became a companion and runner to Rose over the next six years before introducing Rose to his gym in 1984.

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Gioiosa was later noted as the one individual Pete Rose made his bets with along with later being convicted of conspiracy to sell 110 pounds of cocaine in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana area alongside filing a false tax return that included claiming a winning gambling ticket that had actually been Pete Rose's.

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Pete Rose finished his career with a number of Major League and National League records that have lasted for many years.

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Pete Rose vehemently argued the call and forcefully pushed the umpire twice with his shoulder and forearm, knocking Pallone several feet backward.

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Pallone promptly ejected Pete Rose, as touching an umpire is grounds for immediate ejection.

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Pete Rose had to be forcibly restrained by his coaches as he came back at Pallone.

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Pete Rose claimed Pallone had initiated the physical contact, and can be seen in the footage of the incident pointing to his cheek, attempting to explain to umpire Eric Gregg that Pallone had poked him in the face.

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Pete Rose fined Rose "a substantial amount"; the actual amount was not disclosed.

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Amid reports that he had bet on baseball, Rose was informally questioned in February 1989 by Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth and NL President Bart Giamatti.

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Pete Rose had stated that he had bet on football, basketball and horse racing, but he vehemently denied the allegations of betting on baseball.

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Dowd interviewed many of Pete Rose's associates, including alleged bookies and bet runners.

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Pete Rose 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.

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Pete Rose continued to deny all of the accusations against him and refused to appear at a hearing with Giamatti on the matter.

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Pete Rose filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, the Ohio state trial court covering Cincinnati, alleging that the Commissioner had prejudged the case and could not provide a fair hearing.

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Pete Rose accepted that there was a factual reason for the ban.

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Pete Rose began therapy with a psychiatrist for treatment of a gambling addiction.

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Fay Vincent, who as deputy commissioner had played a key role in negotiating the agreement banning Pete Rose before becoming commissioner after Giamatti's death, never acted on Pete Rose's application.

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In September 1998, Pete Rose applied for reinstatement with Vincent's successor Bud Selig, but Selig never acted on it.

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Representatives for Pete Rose applied in 2015 for reinstatement with Selig's successor, Rob Manfred.

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Manfred stated that Pete Rose had not been forthcoming about his gambling and that Pete Rose was still betting on baseball.

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Pete Rose felt that Rose did not have "a mature understanding of his wrongful conduct" and the damage it had done to the game.

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Pete Rose sent a petition along with it to the Hall of Fame's board of directors asking them to repeal their 1991 ban on players on the ineligible list.

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Pete Rose would have been eligible for consideration by the Veterans Committee in 2007, but did not appear on the ballot.

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Eight years later, Pete Rose petitioned the Hall of Fame to permit his name to be submitted for induction, saying that he had not expected to be prevented from Hall of Fame consideration when agreeing to the lifetime ban.

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In 1999, Pete Rose was selected as an outfielder on the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

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The year before his retirement in 2015, Selig stated that Pete Rose could participate in the festivities for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, which was held in Cincinnati, and Pete Rose took the field alongside Reds teammates prior to the game.

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In 2016, Pete Rose had his jersey retired by the Reds, which had to be approved by the league.

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Pete Rose admitted to betting on Reds games, but said he never bet against the Reds.

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Pete Rose repeated his admissions in an interview on the ABC news program Primetime Thursday.

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Pete Rose said in the book he hoped his admissions would help end his ban from baseball so he could reapply for reinstatement.

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Between 1998 and 2000, Pete Rose appeared at World Wrestling Federation's annual WrestleMania pay-per-view event, in what became a running gag.

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Pete Rose returned for a third time the following year, at WrestleMania 2000, but again was thwarted by Kane, as well as Rikishi, his tag team partner that night.

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In 2004, Pete Rose was inducted into the "Celebrity Wing" of the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2004.

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Pete Rose was the first celebrity to go into the Hall, and was inducted at a ceremony prior to WrestleMania XX by Kane.

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The 69-year-old Pete Rose cited irreconcilable differences for the split, but his petition did not offer any additional details.

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Documents in the filing said that Pete Rose was looking to acquire all memorabilia and other possessions from before the marriage.

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Pete Rose was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals in 2010.

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Pete Rose led the league in batting average three times, in plate appearances and hits seven times, in games played and doubles five times, in at-bats and runs scored four times, and in on-base percentage twice .

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Pete Rose retired in 1986 with the highest modern-day career fielding percentage for a right fielder at 99.

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