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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 gamewhich, in turn, has barred him from otherwisecertain 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.
About the Author
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
Chronology of Pete Rose's Life and Career
The River Rat from Anderson Ferry
On the Way Up
Rose as a Rookie
A Spark for Cincinatti
Putting It Together
Cream of the Crop
The Big Red Machine
End of the Line in Cincinatti
To the Phillies
On Top Again
Chasing Musial…and Cobb
Return to Cincinatti
The Hit King
Appendix: Pete Rose's Career and World Series Statistics