Charlie Hustle Takes a Fall: The Sad Story of Pete Rose

by Steve on March 21, 2011 · 0 comments

Pete Rose

Pete Rose diving for home.

March 21st - On this date in 1989, Sports Illustrated magazine broke the news that Pete Rose, had been gambling on professional baseball games.

Pete Rose played for the Cincinatti Reds from 1963 through 1986. He was known as "Charlie Hustle" due to the fact that he sprinted to first base even if he was walked. He was also known for diving head first when stealing bases - something that's become common since Rose's day.

It's unfortunate that even though Pete 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 five different positions, he is not eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In a time when major league baseball players get away with chemically cheating through steroids, gambling on some games (none of which he was involved in) - it seems Pete Rose got a raw deal.

He's still quite popular with collectors, as you can see below.

Check out these current Pete Rose Collectibles:

2014 Panini Immaculate Pete Rose Reds Bat 84 99
2014 Panini Immaculate Pete Rose Reds Bat 84 99
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Pete Rose RP Rookie Card Mint Gradeable
Pete Rose RP Rookie Card Mint Gradeable
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1975 Topps 320 Pete Rose PSA 9
1975 Topps 320 Pete Rose PSA 9
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Rare Pete Rose Lot 1963 Topps RP Rookies + 3 Others
Rare Pete Rose Lot 1963 Topps RP Rookies + 3 Others
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MINT ODDBALL STICKER RIGHT HANDED CROUCH PETE ROSE CINCINNATI REDS BANNED
MINT ODDBALL STICKER RIGHT HANDED CROUCH PETE ROSE CINCINNATI REDS BANNED
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1963 Topps 63 Cincinnati Reds Team Card EX MT+ Pete Rose Rookie Year
1963 Topps 63 Cincinnati Reds Team Card EX MT+ Pete Rose Rookie Year
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