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Un-Covering the Past.

PETE ROSE: Baseball Digest's Coverboy 15 Years Ago After Reds Defeated Red Sox in '75 Series

DURING THE 1975 WORLD SERIES, PETE ROSE led the Cincinnati Reds to an exciting victory over the Boston Red Sox, was voted the Series Most Valuable Player and graced the January 1976 cover of Baseball Digest.

At 34, Rose was still at the peak of his career with the Big Red Machine that was on course to win another World Series title in 1976.

At the end of the '75 campaign, the former three-time National League batting champ had 2,547 career hits en route to his major league record 4,256 safeties by the time he retired as a player in 1986.

Rose didn't possess great speed, he wasn't a hitter that captured fan appeal with home run power or a high average and he wasn't a dazzling defensive player, but he had all the intangible qualities that turned him from an average player into a good, dependable all-star.

He was a student of the game and was always thinking of a way to get an edge on opponents. He usually found this edge with his hustle, determination and knowledge.

Aside from the all-time hits record, he finished his 24-year career with 746 doubles, 2,165 runs and a .303 batting average.

He collected 200 or more hits in a season ten times, leading the league seven times, captured three N.L. batting floes, scored 100 or more runs in a season on ten occasions while coming to bat 500 or more times in 20 consecutive campaigns.

He won the 1963 National League Rookie of the Year Award with a .273 average, 170 hits and 101 runs scored. In 1973, he captured N.L. MVP honors with a league-leading .338 BA and 230 hits while scoring 115 runs. Rose appeared in six World Series, hitting a combined .323 in postseason play and was selected to participate in 17 All-Star games.

"Nobody who ever put on a uniform ever played the game harder than Rose," said Sparky Anderson who managed Rose from 1970 through 1978. "He could beat you in so many ways, it was unbelievable. He simply knew how to win."

Rose served as Reds manager from 1984 through 1989 before being banished from major league baseball for his alleged gambling. His suspension from the game has also removed him from eligibility on the Hall of Fame election ballot.

Rose, 59, currently spends most of his time in California with his wife and two youngest children.

At this writing, he continues to wait on a response from Commissioner Bud Selig concerning his request for reinstatement into major league baseball.

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Title Annotation:life and athletic achievements of baseball player Pete Rose
Publication:Baseball Digest
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2001
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