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Full Name: Peter Edward Rose, Sr. Primary Position: OF,1B,LF,3B,2B,RF
Height/Weight: 5' 11"/192 First Game: April 8, 1963
Birthdate: April 14, 1941 Final Game: August 17, 1986
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio MLB Experience: 24 years
Bat/Throw: Both/Right


Biography

Playing career

  • Rose is the most prolific switch-hitter in MLB history. He ranks first all-time in four offensive categories: hits (4,256), singles (3,215), at-bats (14,035), and games played (3,562).
  • He had at least 200 hits in a record 10 different seasons.
  • He had at least 100 hits in a record 23 straight seasons.
  • He is the only player in MLB history to play 500 games at 5 different positions (3B, 1B, RF, LF, 2B).
  • In the 9th inning of a scoreless game on April 23, 1964, Rose reached first base on an error, and later scored on another error, causing Houston pitcher Ken Johnson to become the first MLB pitcher to ever lose a complete game no-hitter.
  • In 1968, Rose compiled his first 20-game hitting streak.
  • In the 1970 All-Star Game, Rose's hustle won the contest in the 12th inning as he attempted to score from second base on a single by Jim Hickman. Centerfielder Amos Otis' throw beat Rose to the plate, but Rose plowed into catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run. Fosse suffered a separated shoulder and was never the same player. The play typified Rose's career as a brash, win-at-all-costs "throwback" player. It also split opinions on him among fans and media, a "love-hate" split that would define him throughout his playing days.
  • In 1973, Rose won his first and only NL MVP Award (as well as his third and final batting title) with a .338 average on a career high 230 hits.
  • He led the Cincinnati Reds to back-to-back World Series Championships in 1975 and 1976 against the Boston Red Sox in seven games and the New York Yankees in four, respectively.
  • In 1978, Rose tied the National League record (set by Wee Willie Keeler in 1897) with a 44-game hitting streak.
  • On May 5, 1978, he became the youngest player to ever reach the 3,000-hit mark.
  • In 1980, after having signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent, Rose won his third (and the Phillies' first ever) World Series, as the Phils beat the Kansas City Royals 4 games to 2.
  • On August 10, 1981, Pete became the National League's all-time hits leader, passing Stan Musial's 3,630.
  • On April 13, 1983, as a member of the Montreal Expos, Rose became the second ever player to reach the 4,000 hit mark.
  • On September 11, 1985, after having been traded back to the Reds, Pete Rose collected his 4,193rd hit off of San Diego pitcher Eric Show, passing Ty Cobb as MLB's all-time hit king.
  • After being released by the Reds after the 1986 season, Pete Rose retired as a player with 4,256 hits.

Managerial career

  • On August 16, 1985, the Cincinnati Reds acquired Pete Rose from the Montreal Expos and named him player/manager.
  • In 1985 and 1986, his only two seasons as player/manager, Rose led the Reds to second-place finishes in the National League West.
  • In 1987 and 1988, after his retirement as a player, Rose continued to manage the Cincinnati club, leading them to two more consecutive second place finishes.
  • During the 1988 season, Rose shoved umpire Dave Pallone while disputing a call and was suspended for 30 games.
  • Early in the 1989 season, Rose gained unwelcome national attention as accusations of massive gambling debts came to light. As the story unfolded, Rose was accused of not only gambling on baseball, but of betting on his own team's games.
  • For months after the accusations broke, Rose resorted in leagal wrangling with the league, ultimately challenging commissioner, Bart Giamatti's authority in what would become a mud-slinging media circus.
  • On August 24, 1989, Rose finally agreed to a "deal" offered him by the Commissioner's Office in which he dropped his suit against the league and signed a statement, accepting a lifetime ban from the game - a ban which he believed would be lifted after a specified period of time. In return for accepting the ban, the league promised to keep all findings from the Dowd Report sealed. To this day, the ban has never been lifted.

Life After Baseball

  • On September 1, 1989 - one week after Rose signed the "deal" accepting a ban from baseball, Commissioner Giammati dies of a heart attack at age 51.
  • On April 20, 1990, Rose pleads guilty to two felony counts of filing false income tax returns. He was subsequently sentenced to five months in a federal prison and fined $50,000.
  • On August 8, 1990, Rose begins his sentence in Marion, Illinois. He was released five months later, on January 7, 1991.
  • February 4, 1991 - The board of directors of the National Baseball Hall of Fame vote unanimously to bar Pete Rose from the ballot. He will only become eligible again if reinstated by the MLB Commissioner by December, 2005.
  • January 7, 1992 - One ths first ballot on which Rose should have been eligible, Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers are elected. Pete receives 41 write-in votes.
  • In September of 1997, Pete Rose applies for reinstatement to Baseball.
  • Before Game 2 of the 1999 World Series between the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves, Rose receives the loudest and longest ovation by far of any of the members of the MasterCard All-Century Team. In a memorable live interview, reporter Jim Gray assaulted him with questions about the gambling accusations.
  • August 6, 2001 - In an interview for Vanity Fair, former Rose friend and confidant, Tommy Gioiosa, alleged that Rose bet on baseball, used a corked bat, and was involved in drug dealing.
  • On December 12, 2003, in an ABC interview with Charles Gibson, Rose finally confirms publicly for the first time that he did bet on baseball as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. He apologizes, but only for not coming clean earlier.
  • In a questionable move in September of 2006, Rose signed 30 baseballs on which he wrote the phrase "I'm sorry I bet on Baseball" which he put up for sale at $1000 a piece.


Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1963 CIN N 157 623 101 170 6 41 .273 .334 .371 25 9 55 72 5 6 13 0 8
1964 CIN N 136 516 64 139 4 34 .269 .319 .326 13 2 36 51 2 3 4 0 6
1965 CIN N 162 670 117 209 11 81 .312 .382 .446 35 11 69 76 8 8 8 2 10
1966 CIN N 156 654 97 205 16 70 .313 .351 .460 38 5 37 61 1 7 4 3 12
1967 CIN N 148 585 86 176 12 76 .301 .364 .444 32 8 56 66 3 1 11 9 9
1968 CIN N 149 626 94 210 10 49 .335 .391 .470 42 6 56 76 4 2 3 15 11
1969 CIN N 156 627 120 218 16 82 .348 .428 .512 33 11 88 65 5 2 7 18 13
1970 CIN N 159 649 120 205 15 52 .316 .385 .470 37 9 73 64 2 0 12 10 7
1971 CIN N 160 632 86 192 13 44 .304 .373 .421 27 4 68 50 3 1 13 15 9
1972 CIN N 154 645 107 198 6 57 .307 .382 .417 31 11 73 46 7 2 10 4 7
1973 CIN N 160 680 115 230 5 64 .338 .401 .437 36 8 65 42 6 1 10 6 14
1974 CIN N 163 652 110 185 3 51 .284 .385 .388 45 7 106 54 5 1 2 14 9
1975 CIN N 162 662 112 210 7 74 .317 .406 .432 47 4 89 50 11 1 0 8 13
1976 CIN N 162 665 130 215 10 63 .323 .404 .450 42 6 86 54 6 0 9 7 17
1977 CIN N 162 655 95 204 9 64 .311 .377 .432 38 7 66 42 5 1 16 7 9
1978 CIN N 159 655 103 198 7 52 .302 .362 .421 51 3 62 30 3 2 13 6 8
1979 PHI N 163 628 90 208 4 59 .331 .418 .430 40 5 95 32 2 0 20 10 18
1980 PHI N 162 655 95 185 1 64 .282 .352 .354 42 1 66 33 6 4 12 5 13
1981 PHI N 107 431 73 140 0 33 .325 .391 .390 18 5 46 26 3 1 4 5 8
1982 PHI N 162 634 80 172 3 54 .271 .345 .338 25 4 66 32 7 8 8 9 12
1983 PHI N 151 493 52 121 0 45 .245 .316 .286 14 3 52 28 2 1 7 5 11
1984 MON N 95 278 34 72 0 23 .259 .334 .295 6 2 31 20 1 3 1 3 10
1984 CIN N 26 96 9 35 0 11 .365 .430 .458 9 0 9 7 2 0 0 1 1
1984 TOT N 121 374 43 107 0 34 .286 .359 .337 15 2 40 27 3 3 1 4 11
1985 CIN N 119 405 60 107 2 46 .264 .395 .319 12 2 86 35 4 1 8 5 10
1986 CIN N 72 237 15 52 0 25 .219 .316 .270 8 2 30 31 4 0 3 0 2
Total 3562 14053 2165 4256 160 1314 .303 .375 .409 746 135 1566 1143 107 56 198 167 247

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1963 CIN N 2B 157 153 1361.1 360 366 22 78 0 0 0 0 0 .971
1963 CIN N LF 1 0 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1963 CIN N OF 1 0 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1964 CIN N 2B 128 118 1069 263 301 12 63 0 0 0 0 0 .979
1965 CIN N 2B 162 162 1449.1 382 403 20 93 0 0 0 0 0 .975
1966 CIN N 3B 16 16 132.1 24 30 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 .931
1966 CIN N 2B 140 140 1264.2 385 344 14 79 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1967 CIN N 2B 35 28 257 76 88 7 15 0 0 0 0 0 .959
1967 CIN N OF 124 120 1080.2 211 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1967 CIN N CF 1 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1967 CIN N LF 124 119 1072.2 213 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1968 CIN N RF 142 142 1272.1 256 17 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1968 CIN N 1B 1 0 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1968 CIN N CF 9 6 68.2 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1968 CIN N OF 148 148 1341 268 20 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1968 CIN N 2B 3 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1969 CIN N CF 56 56 499.2 109 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1969 CIN N OF 156 156 1391 316 10 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .988
1969 CIN N 2B 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1969 CIN N RF 101 100 891.1 204 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1970 CIN N RF 155 153 1348 305 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .997
1970 CIN N CF 5 5 40 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1970 CIN N OF 159 158 1391 309 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .997
1970 CIN N LF 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1971 CIN N OF 157 157 1390 306 13 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .994
1971 CIN N RF 156 155 1375 304 13 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .994
1971 CIN N CF 2 2 15 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1972 CIN N OF 154 154 1408 330 15 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .994
1972 CIN N LF 154 154 1408 323 15 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .994
1973 CIN N LF 159 159 1429 344 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1973 CIN N OF 159 159 1429 343 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1974 CIN N LF 163 163 1441.1 344 11 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .997
1974 CIN N OF 163 163 1441.1 346 11 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .997
1975 CIN N OF 35 25 247 55 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1975 CIN N 3B 137 137 1137 106 230 13 21 0 0 0 0 0 .963
1975 CIN N LF 35 25 247 55 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1976 CIN N OF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1976 CIN N 3B 159 156 1359.2 115 293 13 25 0 0 0 0 0 .969
1976 CIN N RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1977 CIN N 3B 161 161 1295.1 98 268 16 18 0 0 0 0 0 .958
1978 CIN N LF 7 4 33 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1978 CIN N OF 7 4 33 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1978 CIN N 3B 156 153 1277.1 117 256 15 23 0 0 0 0 0 .961
1978 CIN N 1B 2 2 15 15 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1979 PHI N 1B 159 158 1365.2 1424 87 8 124 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1979 PHI N 3B 5 4 34.2 4 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .833
1979 PHI N 2B 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1980 PHI N 1B 162 161 1400 1427 123 5 113 0 0 0 0 0 .997
1981 PHI N 1B 107 107 907.1 929 91 4 69 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1982 PHI N 1B 162 162 1415.1 1428 123 8 114 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1983 PHI N 1B 112 83 795 786 74 9 57 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1983 PHI N LF 1 0 1.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1983 PHI N OF 35 31 239 41 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .976
1983 PHI N RF 34 31 237.1 42 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .977
1984 MON N OF 28 28 204 51 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .964
1984 MON N 1B 40 38 308 298 42 4 22 0 0 0 0 0 .988
1984 MON N LF 28 28 204 51 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .964
1984 CIN N 1B 23 23 191 181 9 2 14 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1984 TOT N 1B 63 61 499 479 51 6 36 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1985 CIN N 1B 110 110 938.1 870 73 5 80 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1986 CIN N 1B 61 61 520.1 523 43 6 54 0 0 0 0 0 .990
Total LF 673 652 5841 1334 49 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 .991
Total 3B 634 627 5236.1 464 1083 63 91 0 0 0 0 0 .961
Total OF 1327 1303 11597.1 2579 99 24 15 0 0 0 0 0 .991
Total 1B 939 905 7857.1 7881 665 51 649 0 0 0 0 0 .994
Total CF 73 70 631.1 134 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .993
Total RF 589 581 5125 1111 43 10 9 0 0 0 0 0 .991
Total 2B 628 601 5408.1 1470 1502 75 328 0 0 0 0 0 .975

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by Cincinnati Reds (July 8, 1960).
  • Granted free agency (November 2, 1978).
  • Signed by Philadelphia Phillies (December 5, 1978).
  • Released by Philadelphia Phillies (October 19, 1983).
  • Signed by Montreal Expos (January 20, 1984).
  • Traded by Montreal Expos to Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Tom Lawless (August 16, 1984).
  • Released by Cincinnati Reds (November 11, 1986).

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