Pete Rose

Birthdate 04/14/1941
Death Date
Debut Year 1963
Year of Induction
Teams Expos, Phillies, Reds
Positions Center Field, First Base, Left Field, Manager, Right Field, Second Base, Third Base

 Pete Rose is the all-time Major League leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053), singles (3,215), and outs (10,328).

In the collection:

Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti signed check

Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti signed check

Pete Rose put up Hall of Fame numbers from any perspective. He captivated the interest of the American public in his pursuit of Ty Cobb’s all-time hit record. On September 11, 1985 Rose stroked a single to left-center field off of Padres hurler Eric Show and stood on top of the baseball world.
Closeup of Pete Rose signature and that of the man who banned him

Closeup of Pete Rose signature and that of the man who banned him

Though Bart Giamatti served as Commissioner of Baseball for only five months, his role in the lifetime ban of Pete Rose secured his place in baseball history. The suspension came after investigator John M. Dowd interviewed many of Rose’s associates, including alleged bookies and bet runners. T
Reverse of Rose/Giamatti-signed check endorsed by Charlie Williams and Jack Buck

Reverse of Rose/Giamatti-signed check endorsed by Charlie Williams and Jack Buck

Though the value of this piece comes primarily from the signatures of Bart Giamatti and Pete Rose, the reverse of the check is endorsed by two meaningful figures in baseball history. The check is made out to Charlie Williams, the first umpire to work the plate in a World Series
NL Prez Chub Feeney telegram congratulating Pete Rose on being named player/manager of the Reds

NL Prez Chub Feeney telegram congratulating Pete Rose on being named player/manager of the Reds

Pete Rose played 16 years with Cincinnati after debuting with them in 1963. Sixteen years later Rose took his talents to Philadelphia where he helped the Phillies win the 1980 World Series. It was his third World Series ring, joining the
Oddly inaccurate certificate commemorating Pete Rose's 4,000th hit

Oddly inaccurate certificate commemorating Pete Rose's 4,000th hit

In the collection is a certificated dated 4/12/1984 with the printing, “Pete Rose 4000th hit. I was there.” The certificate goes on to state that the game was played at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium. While there
Rose agrees to lend his name to the Babe Ruth Foundation Advisory Board in 1977

Rose agrees to lend his name to the Babe Ruth Foundation Advisory Board in 1977

In 1977 Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson mailed current and former stars of the game requesting their consent to lend their name to the Babe Ruth Advisory Board. Rose agreed to this, writing, “I’m very interested in
Bob Friend reflects on giving up Pete Rose's first hit

Bob Friend reflects on giving up Pete Rose's first hit

Pete Rose has more hits than any player in baseball history. When he faced Pittsburgh hurler Bob Friend on April 13, 1963, the Hit King was still in search of his first big league knock. In the eighth inning Rose got on the board with his first Major League base hit. Friend got the win — and g

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