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Pete Rose : baseball's all-time hit king
Cook, William A., 1944-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2004]

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v, 234 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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On September 11, 1985, with a sell-out crowd of 52,000 fans on hand at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium and millions of others watching on television, Pete Rose collected hit number 4,192 of his career and passed Ty Cobb as the all-time career hits leader. As he reached first base, thousands of cameras flashed, his teammates mobbed him, fireworks exploded and the crowd overwhelmed him with a seven-minute standing ovation. Rose was on top of the world. Less than four years later, he would be banned for life from baseball for allegedly betting on major league games, roundly criticized in the press by both fans and fellow players, and then convicted for tax evasion. In 2003, fourteen years after he was made ineligible for the Hall of Fame, Commissioner Bud Selig took up Rose's application for reinstatement, igniting once again an intense debate about his legacy and baseball's long-standing zero-tolerance policy on gambling. This book gathers the available facts of Rose's life and career, as well as the scandals he was embroiled in, leaving the reader a more informed participant in the ongoing discussion.

Author Notes

William A. Cook, a health care administrator, He lives in North Brunswick, New Jersey

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Booklist Review

Pete Rose not only has more hits than anyone ever to play major-league baseball but he is also the game's most controversial figure. For the uninitiated, Rose was a shoo-in Hall of Fame player, inarguably one of the greatest ever, but an investigation into his gambling activities, including betting on baseball, resulted in his suspension from the game "for life" by then-commissioner Bart Giammati. The ban has been upheld by subsequent commissioners despite constant lobbying by Rose and his supporters. Cook, a baseball historian and the author of two previous books--Summer of '64: A Pennant Lost (2002) and The 1919 World Series: What Really Happened? (2001)--chronicles all of Rose's accomplishments as a player in entertaining fashion and then segues seamlessly to a detailed, objective account of the gambling controversy. This is carefully documented and annotated research that should appeal to a large readership: every baseball fan of a certain age has an opinion. The Rose controversy swirls ever onward; his recently published memoir contains admission that he did bet on baseball (see "Late Arrivals" on p.930). --Wes Lukowsky Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Like his hero Ty Cobb, whose lifetime hit record he broke, Rose was always a hustler and never a paragon of moral virtue. But did his obsession with gambling destroy him and permanently stain the game of baseball he revered? Cook, a healthcare administrator and the author of 1919 World Series: What Really Happened, compares the Rose scandal to earlier ones to add some perspective. After ably reviewing Rose's incredible baseball career, he states what is known about Pete's gambling and postbaseball career. In light of Rose's recent gambling confessions, some readers may consider the author overly sympathetic, but there is enough material presented to make an informed judgement. For larger collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
I. Pete's Journey to the Big Leaguesp. 7
II. The Cincinnati Kidp. 18
III. Rose and the Big Red Machinep. 33
IV. Philadelphia Freedomp. 64
V. The Hit Kingp. 88
VI. Lifetime Banishment from Baseballp. 106
VII. Charlie Hustled Off to Prisonp. 134
VIII. Life in Exilep. 146
IX. Hall of Fame or Hall of Shamep. 163
X. Rumors of Reinstatementp. 196
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 221