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Charlie Hustle


By Fred Wallace

Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".


Poor Pete Rose.

More than 30 years ago, Rose was barred from baseball amid accusations he gambled on baseball games while he played for and managed the Cincinnati Reds

Later, the Baseball Hall of Fame formally voted to ban Rose from induction. 

The issue of possible reinstatement and election to the Hall of Fame remains very contentious.

There's no question Rose was a great player, but, even at his zenith, there were character flaws.

In " Big Hair & Plastic Grass " by Dan Epstein, it's noted that Rose had paramours here, there and everywhere around the circuit.

When he shifted from Cincinnati to Philadelphia, it was noted a Cheerleader for the Eagles was spotted driving his convertible, which offended his wife slightly.

More offensive though was the wife undergoing surgery while Pete Rose was undergoing other operations with other people and the couple split.

Rose is quoted as saying, " I paid her a million bucks to go away. " Nice.

Most recently articles in the Palm Beach Post & Montreal Gazette quote a carpenter named Bryan Greenberg admitting that he corked bats for Rose at Greenberg's home in Dorval, Quebec,

Rose played less than 100 games for the Expos in 1984 and there's no proof that he every used a corked bat in a game during that stretch, which included hit # 4,000 of his Major League career. 




Gambling on Major League Baseball while active.


Suspicion of Using a Corked Bat.


It gives new meaning to the moniker " Charlie Hustle ".


I'm Fred Wallace



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