Friday, October 22, 1999
Poll: Reinstate Pete, put him in Hall
People back him despite gambling
BY RONALD BLUM
The Associated Press
ATLANTA By a 2-1 margin, most people think Pete Rose should be reinstated to Baseball, even though many believe he did gamble on his sport, according to an Associated Press poll.
Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said Mr. Rose should be reinstated, while 29 percent said he should not, according to the poll, conducted for the AP by ICR of Media, Pa.
Seven out of 10 said Baseball's career hits leader belongs in Baseball's Hall of Fame, while almost two out of 10 said he doesn't. Mr. Rose is not eligible for the Hall of Fame as long as his lifetime ban remains in effect.
By 78 percent to 15 percent, people said commissioner Bud Selig made the correct decision to invite Rose to the World Series ceremony Sunday honoring the sport's All-Century team. Mr. Rose was among the 25 players elected in fan ballot ing in the second half of the season.
The telephone survey of 1,012 adults was taken Oct. 1-5 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Mr. Rose played for the Reds from 1963-78, then returned to the Reds as player-manager in 1984. In August 1989, while Reds manager, he agreed to a lifetime ban from Baseball after an investigation of his gambling. He applied for reinstatement in September 1997, but Mr. Selig has not ruled on the request, saying he sees no reason to change the ban originally imposed by commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.
Those who describe themselves as following baseball closely gave Mr. Rose even higher backing, with 67 percent saying he should be reinstated and 29 percent saying he shouldn't. Seventy-two percent say he belongs in the Hall of Fame. But 49 percent think he's lying when he says he didn't bet on baseball, while 36 percent believe him.
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