Pete Rose And The Hall Of Fame Essay

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Pete Rose Despite being banned from the game of baseball for betting on his team to win while managing, not inducting Pete Rose into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame for holding the records for most hits, games played at the most positions (5), and most seasons with more than one hundred fifty games played (17) is a serious error. Before I get into Pete’s ban from the Major Baseball League, let me give you just a few of his stats that will, without a doubt, go down in history. Pete Rose holds the record for total games played (3,562), most All-Star appearances (17), at five different positions (1B, 2B, 3B, LF, RF), and is the only player to play one hundred fifty games a season for seventeen seasons. On September 11, 1985, Pete Rose became the all-time “Hit King”, collecting his 4,192nd hit, passing three of Baseball’s Hall of Fame greats, Ty Cobb (4,191), Hank Aaron (3,772) and Stan Musial (3,631), solidifying his position at the top of the leaderboard for all-time hits. Less than one year later, Pete acquired his final and 4,256th base hit, ensuring his “streak” would go into the history books. On August 24, 1989, MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti banned Rose for life for betting on his team (to win) while managing in Cincinnati. Rule 21(d) in the Major League Baseball Rulebook states “Any player, umpire or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the better has a duty to perform shall be immediately declared permanently ineligible to perform said duties.” Where in this rule does it say you will be banned from the Hall of Fame? This was not the first time someone has been banned for betting on the game. The 1919 Chicago White Sox successfully threw the World Series. Eight were banned for life, including “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. In my opinion, you cannot compare these two

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