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Pete Rose

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Biography:

Hall of fame or not, sports speaker Pete Rose was undeniably one of the best baseball players in history. Drafted straight out of high school, he joined the Cincinnati Reds, the team where he would both start and end his professional career.   In his first year of professional baseball, he was given the nickname “Charlie Hustle” by Whitey Ford of the Yankees because of the way Rose would run to first after being walked. Later that season he would receive the National League Rookie of the Year award. Within two years, he would go on to lead the league in hits as well as at-bats.

In his 23-year career, he set many records that still stand today. He is one of only two players to have broken 4,000 hits, the other being Ty Cobb. He holds the record for the most hits ever, with 4,256. He also holds the title for the most games played, with 3,562. He still leads the league with the most number of at-bats, with 14,053. Proving his remarkable versatility as a player, he was a switch hitter and holds the record for most total bases switch hitter, with 5,752. He is the only player to have played in 17 all-star games at an incredible five different positions. Over his playing career, he won three World Series.

After retiring from the Cincinnati Reds, Rose would go on to manage the team for 5 seasons. Since then Rose has traveled the country speaking at events and autograph signings. In 2013 he appeared on his own reality TV show on TLC, “Pete Rose: Hits and Mrs.” which followed the daily life of Rose and his playboy-model fiancé, Kiana Kim. On June 16th, 2014 Rose returned to managing professional baseball when he managed the Bridgeport Bluefish for the day.