Rose, Pete

Rose, Pete

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 Cobb's mark. (Ichiro Suzuki, 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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TEAMWORK: Holmfirth Harriers runners in the Askern 10 event - front: David Shepherd, middle, from left, Matthew Rose, Pete Dolan, Helen Standing and back, from left: Simon Edwards, John Phillpot, Brandon Holroyd and Matthew Pierson (S)
Seasonal hits POS PLAYER YEAR ADJ-H REAL-H RP ([dagger]) 1T Alou, Felipe 1968 253 210 193T 1T Torre, Joe 1971 253 230 34T 3 Alou, Matty 1969 252 231 30T 4T Rose, Pete 1968 251 210 193T 4T Rose, Pete 1973 251 230 34T 6 Sisler, George 1920 250 257 1 7 Musial, Stan 1946 249 228 40T 8 Hornsby, Rogers 1920 244 218 97T 9T Carew, Rod 1977 242 239 15T 9T Lajoie, Nap 1910 242 227 42T 11T Hornsby, Rogers 1922 241 250 5T 14T Sisler, George 1922 239 246 8 18T Suzuki, Ichiro * 2001 238 242 9 32T Manush, Heinie 1928 234 241 10T 39T Simmons, Al 1925 231 253 4 54T Cobb, Ty 1911 226 248 7 54T O'Doul, Lefty 1929 226 254 2T 66T Terry, Bill 1930 224 254 2T 154T Klein, Chuck 1930 215 250 5T 213T Herman, Babe 1930 211 241 10T d.