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:

1975 TOPPS BASEBALL 320 PETE ROSE CINCINNATI REDS ALL STAR VINTAGE CARD
1975 TOPPS BASEBALL 320 PETE ROSE CINCINNATI REDS ALL STAR VINTAGE CARD
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1968 Topps 230 Pete Rose PSA 8 NM MT Cincinnati Reds
1968 Topps 230 Pete Rose PSA 8 NM MT Cincinnati Reds
$250.00
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1985 fleer signed card PETE ROSE  PSA DNA
1985 fleer signed card PETE ROSE PSA DNA
$26.22 (13 Bids)
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PETE ROSE 80+ REDS CUT SIGNATURES AUTO SP 2012 12 LEAF HISTORY OF BASEBALL CUTS
PETE ROSE 80+ REDS CUT SIGNATURES AUTO SP 2012 12 LEAF HISTORY OF BASEBALL CUTS
$21.75 (14 Bids)
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1978 Topps PETE ROSE 20 Reds HOF Rare PSA 9 MINT
1978 Topps PETE ROSE 20 Reds HOF Rare PSA 9 MINT
$17.78
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PETE ROSE 40+ REDS THE LIVING LEGEND AUTO SP 2012 8 LEAF AUTOGRAPH CINCINNATI
PETE ROSE 40+ REDS THE LIVING LEGEND AUTO SP 2012 8 LEAF AUTOGRAPH CINCINNATI
$8.27 (6 Bids)
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