While Pete Rose will probably never get a plaque in Cooperstown, the Cincinnati Reds will enshrine Charlie Hustle into their Hall of Fame this June. Rose’s number 14 will also be retired.
Rose played with the Reds from 1963-1978 and then rejoined the team as a player-manager in the middle of the 1984 season. He would set the MLB all-hit time record in 1985 and would finish his career the following year with 4,256 hits. Rose collected 3,358 of those hits while as a member of the Reds. Rose would remain the Reds’ manager until he was banned from MLB in 1989.
Late last year, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred declined to remove Rose from baseball’s ineligible list. Manfred did say that the Baseball Hall of Fame was free to induct him. However, Cooperstown rendered Rose ineligible for consideration in 1991 as a consequence of the lifetime ban imposed by the late Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.
Every other member of the Big Red Machine – Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion, Tony Perez, Cesar Geronimo, Dan Driessen, George Foster and manager Sparky Anderson – are in the Reds Hall of Fame as are Ken Griffey, Jr., Barry Larkin, Frank Robinson, Tom Seaver and Eric Davis.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Philadelphia Phillies whom Rose played with from 1979 through 1983 and led the team to two NL pennants and their first ever World Series title follow suit and induct him into their Hall of Fame as well.