Pete Rose was not gifted with extraordinary athletic ability, as were so many of baseball's all-time greats. He was, however, gifted with an incredible work ethic and an indomitable spirit that carried him to greater heights than anybody would have imagined a 140-pound high school kid with limited talent could reach. Pete Rose is incontrovertibly one of the greatest players in baseball's history. Anybody with any knowledge of his playing career would agree that it was Hall of Fame caliber. Sadly though, almost as indisputable as Rose's greatness on the baseball diamond is the fact that he gambled on baseball. Baseball's capital crime, gambling, calls for baseball's capital punishment: banishment. Anything less would condone the crime. Under no circumstances should Commissioner Bud Selig reinstate Pete Rose into baseball in any capacity. Consequently, Rose never will be able to manage a team, scout, be a batboy, or most importantly, enter the Hall of Fame. .
Pete's Playing Days.
Pete Rose is one of the most decorated players of all time. Hall of Famer Whitey Ford dubbed him "Charlie Hustle" after watching his headfirst slides and continuous hustle on the baseball field (Maritz 296). Rose's longevity is just one of his many accomplishments; his career spanned 24 years, including 18 years with the Cincinnati Reds, a five-year stint with the Philadelphia Phillies, and one season with the Montreal Expos. Although Rose is best known for being baseball's all-time leader in hits, he also holds the all-time records in singles, at-bats, games played, and seasons with a batting average above .300. Rose is also second all-time in doubles, sixth in total bases, eighth in runs produced, eleventh in walks and runs created, and eighteenth in extra base hits (All-Time Statistics 1059). His name is in the record books with baseball gods like Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken, Honus Wagner, and Stan Musial.