Pete Rose: Baseball's All-Time Hit King

Pete Rose: Baseball's All-Time Hit King

by William A. Cook


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786417339
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/11/2003
Pages: 241
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William A. Cook is the author of numerous books, including 11 on baseball history, and has appeared in productions on ESPN2 and the MLB Network. A former health care administrator and township councilman in North Brunswick, New Jersey, he resides in Manalapan, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

I.Pete's Journey to the Big Leagues7
II.The Cincinnati Kid18
III.Rose and the Big Red Machine33
IV.Philadelphia Freedom64
V.The Hit King88
VI.Lifetime Banishment from Baseball106
VII.Charlie Hustled Off to Prison134
VIII.Life in Exile146
IX.Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame163
X.Rumors of Reinstatement196

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Pete Rose: Baseball's All-Time Hit King 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mkelly_19 More than 1 year ago
Interesting, Fun, Factual Read This is the story of Pete Rose and his rise and fall, in and out of the major league of baseball. Pete Rose is one of the best baseball players to ever live and is one of the only one of the greats that may not be able to make it to the hall of fame. Just as he reached the peak of his career he was expelled from the league due to the fact that he had placed bets on his games and other games all around the MLB. I really enjoyed reading this book because it was filled with interesting facts about his background story as well as his childhood. I liked the author’s style of writing because it was very fact based and kept me interested. I also enjoyed how the author incorporated pictures of Pete Rose’s past into the book. One thing I did not like was the lack of excitement throughout the book, especially towards the end. Near the end there is just a feeling of the story dragging on and it gets a bit lengthy because it becomes very dull and statistical. A reoccurring theme in the book is a constant foreshadow/explanation of how he was banned from the MLB. If you are a person who loves numbers and statistics along with a fascinating story and a love for baseball this is the book for you. If you have the patients to continue through the dryer parts of the book it is quite interesting and knowledgeable. This is a fun book to read because it gives you another prospective on the entire Pete Ross gambling scandal. If you read this book and enjoy it I would recommend just about any other baseball players biography especially ones dealing with “cheating” and banishment such as Barry Bonds biography “Barry Bonds: A Biography (Baseballs all-time Greatest Hitters Series)”.