Tuesday, October 27, 2015

"HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 1970'S" #37: PETE ROSE COLLECTS 3000TH HIT

I don’t know how THIS highlight from 1970’s baseball eluded me when I was running my “Highlights from the 70’s” thread a while back, but it just hit me the other day: Pete Rose collecting his 3000th hit on May 5th, 1978 against the Montreal Expos.
Check out my card:


Of course Rose would charge right through 3000 hits and head for 4000, eventually overtaking Ty Cobb for the all-time hits total with 4256.
The man was a machine!
One of the all-time greats, it’s a shame his career has been marred by all the gambling B.S., which personally shouldn’t keep a guy like Rose out of the Hall.
“Charlie Hustle”...

4 comments:

  1. Wow, what a great card. Looks like it belongs in the 1979 set. Nicely done.

    Hopefully someday soon, we will see Pete in the Hall where he belongs.

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  2. If I were MLB Czar I would allow Pet to be voted into the Hall of Fame for his accomplishments on the field as a player. However, as a result of his gambling as a manager, I would NOT allow him back into the game in any capacity! There would be too much temptation to "tip the scales" and score a big payday for himself (or someone else). This all coming from a fan in Cincy who grew up admiring the man when he was playing on the field...but not as a manager and gambler.

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    1. I basically agree. A lifetime ban is appropriate for gambling, even if he could come back in a position where he couldn't influence the outcome of a game. But he was a truly great player, and he belongs in the Hall. (You know, if a player currently in the Hall were caught gambling, I don't think there's any way to remove him.)

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  3. The Man has more than paid his Debt to Baseball, Free Pete! HOF Now.

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