Friday, September 19, 2014


One of the most enduring nicknames in professional sports history, "Charlie Hustle" conjures up those dominating Cincinnati Reds teams, "The Big Red Machine", of which Pete Rose was an anchor along with Johnny Bench, Tony Perez and Joe Morgan.
Take a look at my newest "Nicknames of the '70's" card design:

Growing up in the 1970's as a baseball nut, Pete Rose was an almost mythic figure. Even though his Reds steamrolled through "my" Yankees in the 1976 World Series, Rose, along with his all-star teammates, seemed like something made-up, not real.
I guess a part of that could be that the very first Pete Rose baseball card I ever saw, at the age of seven, was his 1976 Topps masterpiece, which had that glare of his, staring down the camera, showing that intensity that created the "Charlie Hustle" legend.
What a player, a Hall of Fame player. But I won't get into THAT here.
The "Player of the Decade" for the 1970's, Rose etched his name into the history of the game many times over.
Really, along with guys like Tom Seaver and Reggie Jackson, you just can't have too many Pete Rose cards from the 1970's in my eyes.


  1. You've captured the essence of Pete Rose. Great looking card.

    Growing up on the west side of Cincinnati, Pete was indeed that mythical figure that all of us aspired to be like on the field. Some of the dads in the neighborhood knew Pete in high school or from being from the same part of town so he was imbedded in the local culture. One of my early baseball teams gave out the Charley Hustle award to the kid that gave the best effort and attitude like Pete Rose.

    I was bitter when he left in 1979 and saddened by the change in the sport and the disintegration of a great team. Thankfully the Reds closed that era of baseball out with back-to-back titles. We welcomed him back in 1984 when he jump started the stagnant franchise and broke Ty Cobb's untouchable record the next year. Sadly his demise was painful for us to endure but I look forward to the day when he can join the rest of the game's greats in Cooperstown. An announcement of his pardon at next year's All-Star Game in Cincinnati would be the perfect place to begin that process.

    As a side note, my wife and I visited The Hall of Fame in April of 1989 just as the betting scandal was being uncovered. I was amazed at all of the items that Pete had donated from the various phases of his career. I heard that that stuff is still on display. It's good of both sides that leave his relics in place.

    Like him or not, just remember this....200 hits for 20 years still leaves you 256 short of the record.

  2. Due to his association with gambling he should nit be allowed back in baseball but due to his achievements on the field he should be in the Hall of Fame. I grew up in Cincinnati in the 70s so I was spoiled by his hustle. We Cincy fans expect that from ever

  3. Nice. Okay Giovanni. How about a Brooks Robinson "The Human Vacuum cleaner" for card #2 of this series?

  4. I think that this 1976 Topps card would look better in a horizontal format -- i.e., with a different picture of Rose doing the "Superman slide". What do you think?



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