Monday is Pete Rose’s 73rd birthday. This week’s Photo Vault is dedicated to the most famous Red ever.
Here’s Pete at age 24.
Pete argues a call in the 1970 World Series.
He was clearly the star of the BRM. I’m assuming those items in Rick Auerbach’s box are bills.
Pete gratuitously (if photogenically) slides head first at home plate against the Cubs during an early-BRM-era game at Wrigley Field.
I like this one mostly for the getups the reporters are wearing. Note poor little Pete, Jr. in the foreground.
Some sort of joke between Pete and Dave Concepcion.
Here’s hit number 2,999 against Steve Rogers of the Expos, May 5, 1978.
Pete joined the Phillies, and a generation of Reds fans cried.
He got to talk to Bryant Gumbel.
And strut around pit road at the 1981 Daytona 500.
And play in another World Series.
He was, of course, brought back to the Reds as player-manager in 1984.
You could call almost anyone from that red phone.
He set a record.
And was then run out of the game. Forced by his own actions to spend three decades as a sideshow act, outside MLB’s big top. They let him visit from time to time, like this All-Century Team presentation during Game Two of the 1999 World Series.
He wrote a book admitting his sins, then hit the road to promote it – and a betting website.
But largely he was on his own, like this 2010 Steve Garvey Celebrity Softball Game for ALS, where Pete’s pictured with the late Verne Troyer and late Michael Clarke Duncan.
Of course he posed with Canseco.
Pete now has a new wife, with whom he watches boxing matches.
And sells furniture.
The question, as we contemplate Pete’s latest lap around the Sun, is whether you’ll remember him like this: