4/12/10

Retrospace Salutes Charlie Hustle


Without hesitation, I would have to say Pete Rose was my my ultimate hero in the 1970s.  I lived in Dayton, Ohio when The Big Red Machine was in full effect, so Rose-mania was everywhere. I followed every televised game just to see Rose muscle his way to the bag swallowing mouthfuls of dirt, knocking people over, and just making a spectacle of every single play.  I loved to see him after the game, sweaty and covered in dirt and blood, acting sour and blasting the other team.  Needless to say, he wasn't exactly a low-key player... but like another loudmouth, Muhammad Ali, he could back it up.

Rose  is the all-time Major League leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053), and outs (10,328). He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five different positions (2B, LF, RF, 3B & 1B).... and yet he's not in the Hall of Fame. That is a crock of shit.

Well, Hall or Famer or not, in the 1970s Pete Rose was the man, and for that, he deserves a shout out on Retrospace as an icon of the decade.

11 comments:

  1. Ahh Pete Rose! People either love him or hate him. I can't hate him though, he helped the Phillies win a World Series in 1980! Even though most people remember him from being on the Reds, he will always be a Philly to me.

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  2. I am not a baseball fan; in fact I have never watched a game in my life. That said, I don't think Pete Rose did anything to deserve disinclusion from the Hall of Fame. If he wasn't betting against his own team, where's the conflict of interest?

    Sure, he was betting on his own team. So what? That just means he wanted them to win. Wasn't that his job?

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  3. What's with the pocket pool, Pete?

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  4. mandy_ReevesApril 12, 2010

    always loved that hair do!

    btw...new to your site...just LOVE IT!

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  5. I lived in Cincy until I was 10, so all I can say about your post, Gilligan, is, "AMEN, Brother!"

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  6. That's the best camel toe Cincinnati had to offer in 1975.

    But for the love of all things holy, don't focus on the bespectacled ballplayer in the background. He's got a camel foot.

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  7. I'm a long time Phillies phan and I can tell you that it was pretty exciting when Pete came to Philadelphia in 1979. I worked in Philly at that time and we had a new engineer join the department in 1979 who had lived up till then in Cincinnati. He was a huge Pete Rose fan. He had a shrine to Pete in his office. He always claimed that he came to my company just because Rose came to Philly. We believed him.

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  8. There has never been a more dedicated athlete in any sport. PERIOD.

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  9. I was raised as an Orioles fan, but always respected Rose. Liked him more with the Reds than with the Phillies.

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  10. I loved Pete Rose and was saddened by his actions. I also was a huge OJ, fan but that is harder to recover from.

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  11. I met Pete coming out of a store when I was around 14--1975. I was going in, he was coming out. He pushed the glass door open hard and bumped into me as he left, knocking me to the ground. He said "Watch it, kid!" but being from Cincinnati, my reaction--bloody nose and all--was "WOW! PETE ROSE!!!!"

    Two years ago now, Pete flew through the airport where I was working. I missed him by 10 minutes but I'm told my boss--a stickler for rules--COMPED Pete's purchase (a copy of MAXIM). For a couple of hours Pete Rose sightings were the talk of the whole concourse!

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