6 Things to Know About the Pete Rose Ban
2014 marks the twenty-fifth year that Pete Rose has been banned from baseball — one of the sport’s greatest controversies, and in many respects, one of its most disappointing revelations. Rose, arguably one of the greatest ever to play the game, has long been tainted after being charged with gambling and allegedly betting on his own team.
Despite Rose’s serious violation of a bevy of Major League Baseball rules and regulations, many fans — and Rose himself — believe he should be reinstated and allowed a place in the Hall of Fame: The two seemingly go hand in hand, as the Hall of Fame added a clause to its eligibility rules in 1990, stating that players who were on the ineligible list could not be considered as candidates.
We’ve compiled six key facts surrounding Rose’s ban.
1. On August 24, 1989 — nearly twenty-five years ago — Commissioner Bart Giamatti, after an in-house investigation, announced that Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader and one of history’s greatest players, was banned for life for gambling on baseball. “The banishment for life of Pete Rose from baseball is the sad end of a sorry episode,” Giamatti said in a statement. “One of the game’s greatest players has engaged in a variety of acts which have stained the game, and he must now live with the consequences of those acts.” Despite his firm stance on the matter, Giamatti is credited with facilitating an agreement that “ended” the betting scandal and allowed Rose to voluntarily withdraw from the sport, avoiding further punishment. The next two commissioners, Fay Vincent and Bud Selig, have upheld this ban.