April 17, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 60, Pete Rose (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

There are so many things to say about Pete Rose — his playing, his gambling, his hustle, his competitiveness, his mistakes, his triumphs, his family, his stubbornness, his hits, his misses, his suspension, his records, his crimes, his passion … where do you begin? He is sitting in that sports memorabilia store in Las Vegas, and he is selling his autograph, and barkers are outside trying to draw people in by shouting, “Come see the Hit King!” He is older and heavier but still very much Pete Rose, unmistakeable, undaunted, and he kicks out the metal folding chair that stands next to him, and he says, “Sit down!” as both an invitation and a challenge.


Read “The Baseball 100: No. 60, Pete Rose” at The Athletic