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:

1984 Donruss Pete Rose Diamond King 2 Card Lot
1984 Donruss Pete Rose Diamond King 2 Card Lot
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1969 TOPPS PETE ROSE REDS 120 EX
1969 TOPPS PETE ROSE REDS 120 EX
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1964 Topps PETE ROSE ALL STAR ROOKIE 125 SGC 80 EX NM 6
1964 Topps PETE ROSE ALL STAR ROOKIE 125 SGC 80 EX NM 6
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Pete Rose RP Rookie Card Mint Gradeable
Pete Rose RP Rookie Card Mint Gradeable
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1966 Topps 150 Brooks Robinson 37 Billy Herman 210 Mazeroski 30 Pete Rose
1966 Topps 150 Brooks Robinson 37 Billy Herman 210 Mazeroski 30 Pete Rose
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SKU00213 PETE ROSE Pesque Hueso Spanish Baseball Card ODDBALL
SKU00213 PETE ROSE Pesque Hueso Spanish Baseball Card ODDBALL
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