Printer Friendly

A bad bet ...

When the Great Scorer comes to mark our name, we don't believe He is going to mark against us for plucking the petals off a Rose named Pete.

A beautiful ballplayer? Absolutely. A fatally flawed person? Absolutely. He is a confessed gambler, who committed file unpardonable sin of betting on major league baseball.

A. Bartlett Giamatti, greatest of all the commissioners, collected all the evidence, confronted Rose with it, had him sign a confession, and barred him from baseball.

That should have been the end of it--as it was with the Black Sox Scandal. But with the passage of time, Rose began pitching curves to his brain dead fans. First, he denied betting against Cincinnati. Next, he denied betting on Cincinnati. And, finally, he denied betting on baseball.

Enough dumb people began believing him, and a commissioner named Bud Selig turned monkey. He stopped believing any evil, seeing any evil, hearing any evil or reading any evil. He even began talking about allowing Rose to return to baseball.

Rose pushed a little too hard. Just hard enough to get the original investigator of the gambling charge to release the facts to the public.

Here is the official scorecard on Pete Rose's betting record:

"Rose made 388 bets for $852,400 in the first half of the 1987 season, and bet $116,000 on the Reds in 52 games."
COPYRIGHT 2003 Scholastic, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Pete Rose's gambling; Here Below
Author:Masin, Herman L.
Publication:Coach and Athletic Director
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2003
Previous Article:Personalities ...
Next Article:Are you an entrenched AD?

Related Articles
Gambling issues and the ballot box.
Tico Las Vegas.
Smelling like a Rose. (Here Below).
Man of the decade.
What do we know about gambling in New Zealand?
A rose by any other name.
Student-athlete gambling: the invisible problem.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters