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:

29 Card lot 1986 Topps Stars and Rookies Pete RoseClemensRipken JR
29 Card lot 1986 Topps Stars and Rookies Pete RoseClemensRipken JR
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1963 TOPPS PETE ROSE ROOKIE CARD 537 PSA 5
1963 TOPPS PETE ROSE ROOKIE CARD 537 PSA 5
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1966 1975 TOPPS BASEBALL PETE ROSE 3 CARD LOT
1966 1975 TOPPS BASEBALL PETE ROSE 3 CARD LOT
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1964 TOPPS 125 PETE ROSE ALL STAR ROOKIE PSA 2 9365
1964 TOPPS 125 PETE ROSE ALL STAR ROOKIE PSA 2 9365
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10 1972 TOPPS CINCINNATI REDS WITH PETE ROSE IN ACTION  GEORGE FOSTER
10 1972 TOPPS CINCINNATI REDS WITH PETE ROSE IN ACTION GEORGE FOSTER
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1975 Topps Baseball 320 Pete Rose Reds
1975 Topps Baseball 320 Pete Rose Reds
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