He was known affectionately by fans and teammates alike as ‘Charlie Hustle’. Pete Rose (born 1941) is the all-time MLB leader in hits, games played. at-bats and singles as well as outs! He was a player in Major League Baseball from 1963 to 1986 and managed from 1984 to 1989. A three World Series ring winner, Pete won three batting titles, an MVP Award, two Gold Gloves and was Rookie of the Year in 1963. Unfortunately, it seems that Pete is best known for his involvement in the 1989 scandal involving accusations of gambling on baseball while he played for and managed the Cincinnati Reds. Pete denied the charges for years but in 2004 he finally came clean and admitted that he was guilty. He was penalized with permanent ineligibility from baseball which prevented him from ever securing a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The possibility of his reinstatement and eventual election to the HOF is an ongoing debate among players, managers and fans alike.
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