Monday, June 21, 2010
Part 11 of 13
3 Pete Rose's Bookie Records
Although his bat is currently on the auction block and could command a price in the seven figures, another piece of Pete Rose memorabilia might be the most interesting.
Baseball's all-time leader in hits finds himself remaining on the outside looking in at the famous Cooperstown, New York shrine. Although he spent five months in prison for tax evasion, the reason that Rose has been banned from the game was accusations that he gambled on both his own sport and team.
More recently, the exiled former player and manager finally admitted to betting for his Reds team— but never against them.
Of course, either breaks the sanctity of the sport; however, the actual gambling records would provide a highly enlightening account of the depth and breadth of the transgressions that separate the most prolific hitter from baseball's highest honor.