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Pete Rose
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Pete Rose

Peter Edward Rose, Sr. (born April 14, 1941) is an American baseball player who played Major League Baseball from 1963 to 1986. Rose, a switch hitter, is the all-time major league leader in hits (4256), games (3562) and at bats (14,053). 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 18 All-Star appearances at an unequalled four different positions (2B, OF, 3B, 1B). Early in his career, he was nicknamed "Charlie Hustle" by Whitey Ford after Ford witnessed Rose sprint to first base after drawing a walk in a spring training game. In August 1989, because he gambled on baseball games, Rose agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball, which prevents him from working for Major League Baseball, and from being admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Rose voluntarily accepted a permanent place on the ineligible list from commissioner Bart Giamatti following allegations presented in a March 21, 1989 Sports Illustrated article that tied him to baseball gambling, and formally detailed in the Dowd Report. Rose accepted that there was a material reason for the ban. In return, Major League Baseball agreed to make no finding of fact with regard to the gambling allegations and on the provision that baseball would cease exploring Rose's activities, and, that after two years Rose could reapply for reinstatement. On February 4, 1991 the Hall of Fame voted to exclude players banned from baseball.

In his autobiography My Prison Without Bars, officially released on January 8, 2004, Rose finally admitted publicly to betting on baseball games (and other sports) while playing for and managing the Reds. He maintained that he never bet on a Reds game. 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.

Rose, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, grew up on its rugged west side. Rose was signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an amateur free agent on July 8, 1960. He made his major-league debut with on opening day, April 8, 1963. He played for the Reds until 1978, helping lead the team to five division titles, four World Series appearances and two consecutive World Series titles (1975 and 1976). On a team with many great players that is acknowledged by many as one of the greatest teams ever, Rose was viewed as one of the club's leader (along with baseball hall of famer, first baseman Tony "Big Doggie" Perez). The influence that Rose's hustling team attitude had on his teammates was very likely a factor in the success of what was called The Big Red Machine. His 1975 performance was considered outstanding enough that he earned the Hickok Belt as top professional athlete of the year and Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman of the Year" award.

Rose then left for the Philadelphia Phillies via free agency and played there from 1979 to 1983, where he helped an already successful team earn three division titles, two World Series appearances and one World Series title (1980).

After the 1983 season, Rose was a free agent again. He was 42 years old and had amassed 3,990 hits, 199 away from Ty Cobb's all-time mark. Unable to complete a deal with Cincinnati, where he hoped to be playing when he surpassed Cobb, and unable to create much interest because of his age, he signed with the Montreal Expos. Negotiations with the Reds continued into the 1984 season, however, and on August 16 he was traded to the Reds for Tom Lawless and became the Reds player-manager. He played for the Reds until 1986 and managed the team until 1989.

Rose served five months in federal prison as part of a sentence for his 1990 conviction for income tax evasion (arising out of failure to pay tax on income from sales of baseball memorabilia). Recently, Rose has been the talk of much discussion concerning his acceptance into the Hall of Fame. Even though he has been suspended, many fans believe he should be reinstated or at least placed in the Hall of Fame because of his tremendous achievements during his playing career. For example, before game two of the 1999 World Series, Rose received the loudest ovation during the introduction of baseball's MasterCard All-Century Team. After the ceremony on live television, NBC's Jim Gray repeatedly asked Rose if he wanted to admit betting on baseball and apologize, prompting millions to call and email NBC condemning Gray's lack of tact, though ultimately history has shown Gray's questions were warranted and accurate.

Pete Rose and the WWE

For three years (1999-2001), Pete Rose would also attend WWE's flagship Pay Per View, Wrestlemania. There, he would feud with wrestler Kane, where he would always be on the receiving end of either a chokeslam or a piledriver.

In 2004, Rose appeared at Wrestlemania XX, where he was inducted to the WWE Celebrity Hall of Fame. At the moment, he is the only member of this Hall of Fame.

Major League Baseball Records and Accomplishments

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