Play Hungry: The Making of a Baseball Player

Play Hungry: The Making of a Baseball Player

by Pete Rose
Play Hungry: The Making of a Baseball Player

Play Hungry: The Making of a Baseball Player

by Pete Rose


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A New York Times Bestseller

The inside story of how Pete Rose became one of the greatest and most controversial players in the history of baseball

Pete Rose was a legend on the field. As baseball’s Hit King, he shattered records that were thought to be unbreakable. And during the 1970s, he was the leader of the Big Red Machine, the Cincinnati Reds team that dominated the game. But he’s also the greatest player who may never enter the Hall of Fame because of his lifetime ban from the sport. Perhaps no other ballplayer’s story is so representative of the triumphs and tragedies of our national pastime. 

In Play Hungry, Rose tells us the story of how, through hard work and sheer will, he became one of the unlikeliest stars of the game. Guided by the dad he idolized, a local sports hero, Pete learned to play hard and always focus on winning. But even with his dad’s guidance, Pete was cut from his team as a teenager—he wasn’t a natural. Rose was determined, though, and never would be satisfied with anything less than success. His relentless hustle and headfirst style would help him overcome his limitations, leading him to one of the most exciting and brash careers in the history of the sport.

Play Hungry is Pete Rose’s love letter to the game, and an unvarnished story of life on the diamond. One of the icons of a golden age in baseball, he describes just what it was like to hit (or try to hit) a Bob Gibson fastball or a Gaylord Perry spitball, what happened in that infamous collision at home plate during the 1970 All-Star Game, and what it felt like to topple Ty Cobb’s hit record. And he speaks to how he let down his fans, his teammates, and the memory of his dad when he gambled on baseball, breaking the rules of a sport that he loved more than anything else. Told with candor and wry humor—including tales he’s never told before—Rose’s memoir is his final word on the glories and controversies of his life, and, ultimately, a master class in how to succeed when the odds are stacked against you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525558699
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 665,299
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Pete Rose grew up in Cincinnati and went on to star for the hometown Reds and later the Philadelphia Phillies. He holds the all-time baseball records for most hits in a career (4,256), most singles (3,215), most games played (3,562), most at-bats (14,053), and most outs (10,328). Rose made his major-league debut for the Reds in April 1963, a week before his twenty-second birthday, and he was forty-five when he made his last major-league appearance in August 1986, also for the Reds. He appeared in seventeen different All-Star Games, and played on three teams that won the World Series.

Table of Contents

Preface: Thanks, Dad ix

Part 1 Growing Up

Chapter 1 Big Pete 3

Chapter 2 Leland T. Jones's Leather Strap 17

Chapter 3 Not the Best Baseball Player 27

Chapter 4 Passed Over 37

Chapter 5 Uncle Buddy 47

Part 2 Bush Leagues

Chapter 6 Geneva (Not Switzerland) 57

Chapter 7 Tampa 71

Chapter 8 Instructional League 81

Chapter 9 Macon 89

Chapter 10 Straight to the Bigs 97

Part 3 Becoming Pete Rose

Chapter 11 Frank and Vada 109

Chapter 12 Rookie of the Year 119

Chapter 13 Venezuela 129

Chapter 14 Hustling Little Pete Rose 139

Chapter 15 Vietnam 153

Chapter 16 Batting Title 163

Chapter 17 Morganna 177

Chapter 18 Collision 189

Chapter 19 "He Never Walks When He Can Run" 203

Part 4 Life as Big Pete

Chapter 20 Brawling at Shea 221

Chapter 21 Some Kind of Game 229

Chapter 22 Winning with the Phillies 237

Chapter 23 A Big League Skipper 247

Chapter 24 Hit King 253

Chapter 25 I Blew It, I Know That 257

Chapter 26 Pete Jr. Makes the Big Leagues 261

Epilogue: Baseball Has to Make a Few Changes 267

Acknowledgments 275

Photograph Credits 277

Index 279

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