Thursday, December 12, 2002

Pete Rose Chronology

The Associated Press

Some key dates in Pete Rose's 13-year battle defending himself against allegations that he bet on baseball:

Feb. 20, 1989 - Rose, the Cincinnati Reds' manager, is summoned to the commissioner's office to answer questions. One month later, baseball announces it is investigating ``serious allegations against Rose.''

March 21, 1989 - Sports Illustrated reports on allegations tying Rose to baseball betting.

March 30, 1989 - The Cincinnati Enquirer, quoting former baseball security chief Henry Fitzgibbon, says baseball investigated gambling allegations against Rose in the late 1970s.

Aug. 24, 1989 - Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti announces that Rose is banned for life from baseball for gambling. Rose signed a document the previous day saying he is not admitting any guilt and may apply for reinstatement after one year. Giamatti, answering questions, says he has concluded that Rose ``bet on baseball.''

Sept. 1, 1989 - Giamatti dies of a heart attack. His replacement, Fay Vincent, says he has no intention of changing Rose's ban.

April 20, 1990 - Rose pleads guilty to two counts of filing false incomes taxes by failing to report income.

Aug. 10, 1990 - Rose reports to federal prison in Marion, Ill., to serve a five-month sentence.

Jan. 7, 1991 - Rose is released from prison.

September 1997 - Rose applies for reinstatement but commissioner Bud Selig doesn't rule on it, saying he hasn't seen a reason to alter the ban.

July 13, 1999 - Rose is not invited to a ceremony before the All-Star game honoring the 100 players, including himself, on a ballot to pick baseball's All-Century team. Selig says ``I don't think there's anything new or if there's anything new that I would do to change what Bart Giamatti did'' in kicking Rose out of baseball.

Oct. 24, 1999 - At a ceremony honoring baseball's All-Century team before Game 2 of the World Series in Atlanta, Selig allows Rose to appear in the ballpark. Rose receives the longest ovation of any other player. Coming off the field, NBC's Jim Gray repeatedly asks Rose if he wants to apologize to fans for betting on baseball, but Rose tries to change the subject. Gray's contentious interview draws criticism from players and fans.

Sept. 22, 2002 - At the closing ceremony at Cinergy Field, former Reds pitcher Tom Browning spray-paints a red No. 14 on pitcher's mound as the stadium erupts in chants of ``Pete! Pete!''

Sept. 23, 2002 - Rose organizes his own celebrity softball game to bid farewell to Cinergy Field, where he made so much history. More than 40,000 fans show up to watch him and Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan and other celebrities. One sign in the stands reads, ``Rose in the Hall. Bet on it.''

Oct. 22, 2002 - During a promotion of baseball's ``most memorable moments'' before Game 4 of the World Series, Rose receives a 70-second standing ovation and chants of ``Hall of Fame!'' from the crowd at Pacific Bell Park.

Nov. 25, 2002 - Rose and Selig meet secretly in Milwaukee about the career hits leader's reinstatement to the game.

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