Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Pete, happy birthday to you.
Pete Rose tuned 73 years old on Monday April 14th, 2014, he was born in 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rose played in the major leagues for 24 seasons
with three different teams. The Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos and the Philadelphia Phillies. Rose is best known for his time with Reds as a part of the famed Big Red Machine.
While Rose is famous for being a part of the Big Red Machine he is perhaps more famous for being the all time hit leader in Major League Baseball. Rose leads the all time list with 4,256 career hits, Derek Jeter is the closest active player at 3,326 hits. Jeter will not get to Rose’s number as 2014 is his last season.
Pete Rose is still a beloved figure in Cincinnati, whenever he returns to the ballpark he is given a cheer each time he is on the big screen. Cincinnati still loves Pete, regardless of what he did in the past he will always be loved.
As many people know Pete Rose was given a lifetime ban from baseball for betting on the game. Although he betted to win thus meaning he could not affect the outcome of the game. That doesn’t matter in the eyes of baseball, Pete is still suspended. There has been talk over the years that baseball will look into reinstating Rose although it has yet to happen.
In reality Pete Rose will never be reinstated while he is alive, he won’t be given his day when he is eventually inducted into the Hall of Fame and he will never see his number retired at GABP. It is a shame but we aren’t here to dwell on the past.
Let us celebrate the birthday of the best hitter to play the game, the hardest working player as well. Happy Birthday Pete, sign some autographs for us.