Banned Rose honoured as Reds legend before All-Star Game

July 15, 2015

Pete Rose, Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader, is still serving a lifetime ban for gambling on baseball but this past Tuesday (July 14), he was honored on the field prior to the All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

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Rose grew up in Cincinnati and earned the nickname “Charlie Hustle” for his aggressive style of play while with the Reds. Rose joined Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin in being voted by fans as Cincinnati’s ‘Franchise Four’.

He walked out last to join the three Hall of Famers on the Great American Ball Park diamond and Rose, who is not eligible for Cooperstown after being banned in 1989, was treated to a long, stirring standing ovation.

Three years after he retired as a player, Reds manager Rose agreed to a permanent ban from baseball amid accusations he gambled on games while playing and managing for the Reds.

Rose denied for nearly 15 years that he gambled on baseball and finally admitted in his 2004 autobiography to making baseball wagers when he was Cincinnati’s manager but insisted he never bet against his team.

Rose has said he will formally apply to be reinstated by MLB, while Commissioner Rob Manfred has said he expects to meet with him.

 

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