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:

1970 1975 KELLOGGS LOT X 7 CARDS INC 6 HOFERS AND PETE ROSE
1970 1975 KELLOGGS LOT X 7 CARDS INC 6 HOFERS AND PETE ROSE
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1965 Topps Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 207 Baseball Card
1965 Topps Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 207 Baseball Card
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1982 Topps Baseball Stickers 1981 Highlights Subset Pete Rose Yaz Fernando
1982 Topps Baseball Stickers 1981 Highlights Subset Pete Rose Yaz Fernando
$0.25 (2 Bids)
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1978 TOPPS 20 PETE ROSE PSA 8 NEAR MINT
1978 TOPPS 20 PETE ROSE PSA 8 NEAR MINT
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1968 Topps 21 Pete Rose  Topps 33 Willie Mays DECKLE EDGE BASEBALL CARDS
1968 Topps 21 Pete Rose Topps 33 Willie Mays DECKLE EDGE BASEBALL CARDS
$3.49 (3 Bids)
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Pete Rose 2012 Leaf The Living Legend Autograph Au 22
Pete Rose 2012 Leaf The Living Legend Autograph Au 22
$7.50 (6 Bids)
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