Does Pete Rose Belong in the Hall of Fame?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pete Rose has more base hits than anyone in history, yet he is not in the Hall of Fame, because 25 years ago he was banished from the game for gambling. He was a magnetic, beloved and polarizing baseball player, and the question "Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame?" has evolved into one of the most provocative in sports. In Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, Kostya Kennedy, assistant managing editor at Sports Illustrated, answers this question in his re-examination of Pete Rose's life—from his cocky and charismatic early years through his storied playing career to his bitter war against baseball's hierarchy.


Kostya Kennedy

Comments [6]

David from Bronx

Lopate says Rose never cheated? What are you saying? He was the manager of the Reds and bet on baseball. That is worse than betting as a player. And he did bet as a player as well as Kostya says in the interview. That is considered the worst crime in baseball. He admitted it to the Commissioner in private in order to avoid further investigation and embarrassment. Then when the Commissioner dies, Rose comes out with a different story which was a complete lie. Then Rose tells the truth. Please, no one deserves a ban from the Hall of Fame more than Pete Rose.

May. 02 2014 12:48 AM

aggressive and party hard all night, like the other guys in that time frame ,mickey ,martin, = anabolic steroids, however they never heard the term , they were called russian vitamins. Find an old time gym rat from that era who is honest, and they will tell you how they were getting them in the suburban gyms. They were not illegal at that time. A pro baseball player would have had access to them 10 years before the local gym guys.
And it has been a part of sports since the beginning.

Apr. 30 2014 12:58 PM
Susan from Brooklyn

It is so inappropriate to have this conversation today. Does banned mean only until someone changes their mind. Banned should mean banned.

Apr. 30 2014 12:44 PM
Bob from Yonkers from Yonkers

Absolutely not!

Apr. 30 2014 12:44 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Pete Rose committed baseball's original sin - the one that almost destroyed the sport with the Back Sox scandal - internal betting.

Rose finally admitted to betting on Reds games in his book, after lying to the public for years, why should we believe him when he denies ever betting against the Reds? There is no such thing as an honest thief.

Apr. 30 2014 12:15 PM
Ed from Larchmont


Apr. 30 2014 08:13 AM

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