Pete Rose: A Biography

Pete Rose: A Biography

by David Jordan


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Pete Rose is baseball's Hit King, the Major Leagues' all-time leader in career hits. But some fans consider his off-the-field actions a black mark on the sport. Major League Baseball's investigations into Rose's gambling led to his lifetime banishment from the game—which, in turn, has barred him from otherwise—certain induction into the Hall of Fame. Rose brought to the sport an unparalleled drive to succeed. Now, people from every part of society debate the nature of his legacy. Baseball author David Jordan presents an even-handed look at Rose's life, career, and post-baseball life, and lets the reader decide for him- or herself.

It has been said that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing in professional sports. Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters presents biographies on Greenwood's selection for the 12 best hitters in Major League history, written by some of today's best baseball authors. These books present straightforward stories in accessible language for the high school researcher and the general reader alike. Each volume includes a timeline, bibliography, and index. In addition, each volume includes a Making of a Legend chapter that analyses the evolution of the player's fame and (in some cases) infamy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313328756
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/30/2004
Series: Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 670,897
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

DAVID JORDAN is president of the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society and also lectures frequently on both baseball and the Civil War. He is the author of Occasional Glory: The History of the Philadelphia Phillies, The Athletics of Philadelphia: Connie Mack's White Elephants, 1901-1954, and A Tiger in His Time: Hal Newhouser and the Burden of Wartime Baseball.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword


Chronology of Pete Rose's Life and Career

The River Rat from Anderson Ferry

On the Way Up

Rose as a Rookie

Established Star

Batting Champ

A Spark for Cincinatti

Putting It Together

Cream of the Crop

The Big Red Machine

End of the Line in Cincinatti

To the Phillies

On Top Again

Chasing Musial…and Cobb

Return to Cincinatti


Pete's Downfall

The Hit King

Appendix: Pete Rose's Career and World Series Statistics


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