The year was 1963, the first year Pete Edward Rose took the field playing at second base at Crosley Field. Father’s plan their day, leaving work early and sons skipped school, rushing to where Finley meets Western to buy their tickets. Kids gathered along the backside of the outfield wall searching for the best holes and cracks to see their heroes they pretended to portray when playing each other. Just think how exciting those early days must have been.Many I’m sure, can still tell some great stories. Fans packed the bleachers with the aroma of hot dogs and roasted peanuts all around.
And Pete some local new guy from Price Hill just hit a liner down right field. The baseball looked more like a pinball the way it bounced around in the corner of the field. Before the slow striding defender could grasp the
And Pete some local new guy from Price Hill just hit a liner down right field. The baseball looked more like a pinball the way it bounced around in the corner of the field. Before the slow striding defender could grasp the the ball, Pete had already made up his mind to get another base.The outfielder turned to throw the young player out at second, but the young player silencing the crowd was already advancing to third. The second baseman had him for sure and with a quick fling to third, but the rookie from Price Hill dove into third base head first and when the dust settled the ump called him safe and the crowd went nuts, hands went flying over head and beer came raining down and that rookie was local, his name was Pete Rose and in 1963, he won the rookie of the year.
Only days ago it was announced that hometown hero Pete Rose is to be inducted in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and it’s rumored that, the statue of Pete will be much like the true to life scene I just wrote of him sliding into third base. This would capture the image in the minds of most Cincinnatians of course. But before we unveil the immortal statue of number 14, Lets remember that iconic moment on September 8th 1985, in Riverfront Stadium. Pete standing on first base, in front of 47,237 fans all standing on their feet chanting Pete.. Pete..Pete. The crowd cheered for a whole seven minutes then Pete raised one finger over his head after hitting 4192. That moment is only reserved for Pete Rose and no other ballplayer, breaking Ty Cobb’s hit record making him truly baseball’s hit, king.
Someday Cooperstown may come calling for Pete Rose so do we make it a hard for Hall of Fame to top ours or do we step aside for them. There are many baseball fans around the league who believes Pete should be in Cooperstown and now they can see The Big Red Machine in its completeness and The hit king and who knows if tickets sales boom then, the fans are speaking loud.
If you really want to make a comparison. Well heck, the Reds go back a ways.
Randall Johnson 01/28/2016