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Pete Rose : a biography
Jordan, David M., 1935-
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2004]

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xxii, pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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Pete Rose is baseball's Hit King, the Major Leagues' all-time leader in career hits. But some fans consider his off-the-field actions a black mark on the sport. Major League Baseball's investigations into Rose's gambling led to his lifetime banishment from the game--which, in turn, has barred him from otherwise--certain induction into the Hall of Fame. Rose brought to the sport an unparalleled drive to succeed. Now, people from every part of society debate the nature of his legacy. Baseball author David Jordan presents an even-handed look at Rose's life, career, and post-baseball life, and lets the reader decide for him- or herself.

It has been said that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing in professional sports. "Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters" presents biographies on Greenwood's selection for the 12 best hitters in Major League history, written by some of today's best baseball authors. These books present straightforward stories in accessible language for the high school researcher and the general reader alike. Each volume includes a timeline, bibliography, and index. In addition, each volume includes a Making of a Legend chapter that analyses the evolution of the player's fame and (in some cases) infamy.

Author Notes

DAVID JORDAN is president of the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society and also lectures frequently on both baseball and the Civil War. He is the author of Occasional Glory: The History of the Philadelphia Phillies , The Athletics of Philadelphia: Connie Mack's White Elephants, 1901-1954 , and A Tiger in His Time: Hal Newhouser and the Burden of Wartime Baseball .

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Chronologyp. xv
Introductionp. xix
Chapter 1 The River Rat from Anderson Ferryp. 1
Chapter 2 On the Way Upp. 9
Chapter 3 The Rookiep. 17
Chapter 4 Established Starp. 29
Chapter 5 Batting Champp. 39
Chapter 6 A Spark for Cincinnatip. 45
Chapter 7 Putting It Togetherp. 59
Chapter 8 Cream of the Cropp. 71
Chapter 9 The Big Red Machinep. 83
Chapter 10 End of the Line in Cincinnatip. 97
Chapter 11 To the Philliesp. 107
Chapter 12 On Top Againp. 117
Chapter 13 Chasing Musial...and Cobbp. 123
Chapter 14 Return to Cincinnatip. 131
Chapter 15 Troublep. 139
Chapter 16 Pete's Downfallp. 145
Chapter 17 The Hit Kingp. 153
Chapter 18 The Legend of Pete Rosep. 159
Appendix Pete Rose's Career and World Series Statisticsp. 163
Selected Bibliographyp. 165
Indexp. 169