Rose, Pete(Peter Edward Rose), 1941–, American baseball player, b. Cincinnati. The National League Rookie of the Year in 1963 and Most Valuable Player in 1973, Rose was a switch hitter who played outfield and infield positions; his career was spent with the Cincinnati Reds (1963–78, 1984–86), the Philadelphia Phillies (1979–83), and the Montreal Expos (1984). Nicknamed "Charlie Hustle," He won three National League batting titles (1968, 1969, 1973) and set the major-league record for hits (4,256), surpassing Ty CobbCobb, Ty
(Tyrus Raymond Cobb), 1886–1961, American baseball player, b. Narrows, Ga. In 1905 he joined the Detroit Tigers as center fielder and in his 24 years in the American League was one of the most spectacular and brilliant players in the history of the game.
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1973–, Japanese baseball player. He began playing full-time in the Japanese big leagues in 1994, with the Orix BlueWave, and led the Pacific League with 210 hits and a .385 average despite his unorthodox stance and "pendulum" swing.
..... Click the link for more information. , who played big-league professional ball in Japan and North America, has more hits overall.) Rose also set the major league record for games played (3,562) and hit safely in 44 consecutive games in 1978, setting a modern National League record. He was manager of the Cincinnati Reds from 1984 until 1989, when he was banned for life from baseball for betting activities after an investigation by Major League Baseball. In 1990 he spent five months in jail for tax evasion. Since then Rose has campaigned to regain his eligibility for the Hall of Fame, publicly admitting in 2004 that he bet on baseball and apologizing for it.
See his autobiographies (1989 and 2004).
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Rose, (Peter Edward) Pete(1941– ) baseball player/manager; born in Cincinnati, Ohio. During his 24-year career as an infielder and outfielder (1963–86), primarily with the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies, he played in more games (3,562) and got more hits (4,256) than any player in history. A switch-hitting leadoff batter, he ran to first base even when he was walked, earning the nickname "Charlie Hustle." He managed the Reds from 1984 to 1989, when the commissioner of baseball, A. Bartlett Giamatti, permanently banned Rose from baseball for his alleged gambling activities. In return for not having the gambling formally proven, Rose agreed to accept the banishment (which rendered him ineligible for induction into baseball's Hall of Fame), but he was found guilty of income tax evasion and served five months in the Federal prison system (1990). He continued to appear at some unofficial baseball shows and bided his time, hoping some of his supporters might find a way to get him into the Hall of Fame.
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