Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Pete Rose timeline

Cincinnati Enquirer

April 14, 1941: Peter Edward Rose is born in Cincinnati.

July 8, 1960: The Cincinnati Reds sign Rose as an amateur free agent.

April 8, 1963: Rose walks in his first Major League at-bat.

April 13, 1963: Rose, who is 0-for-11, gets his first Major League hit -- a triple off Pittsburgh's Bob Friend.

Nov. 26, 1963: Rose is named National League Rookie of the Year, collecting 17 of 20 votes.

Oct. 2, 1969: Rose wins his second consecutive battling title when he bunts for a base hit in his final at-bat, edging Pittsburgh's Roberto Clemente.

July 14, 1970: Rose crashes into American League catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run for the National League in the All-Star game at Riverfront Stadium. The NL wins 5-4 in 12 innings. Fosse hurts his right shoulder and is taken to the hospital.

Nov. 21, 1973: Rose edges Pittsburgh's Willie Stargell to win the National League Most Valuable Player award.

May 5, 1978: Rose collects his 3,000th career hit off Montreal pitcher Steve Rogers.

June 14, 1978: Rose begins a 44-game hitting streak with two hits against the Cubs.

Aug. 1, 1978: Rose hitting streak - second-longest in Major League history - ends against Atlanta. Rose is 0-for-4 and strikes out in the ninth inning to end the game.

Dec. 5, 1978: Free-agent Rose signs a four-year, $3.2 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, temporarily making him the highest-paid athlete in team sports.

Dec. 22, 1983: Rose wins a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and is awarded a $36,083 tax refund for 1978.

Jan. 20, 1984: Free-agent Rose signs a one-year contract with the Montreal Expos.

April 13, 1984: Rose gets his 4,000th career hit -- a double off Jerry Koosman of the Phillies.

Aug. 15, 1984: The Expos trade Rose to the Reds for infielder Tom Lawless. The Reds immediately name Rose player-manager, replacing Vern Rapp.

Aug. 17, 1984: In his first game "back home," Rose goes 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Reds' 6-4 victory over the Cubs.

Sept. 11, 1985: Rose breaks Ty Cobb's all-time hit record with a single to left-center field off San Diego pitcher Eric Show. That gives him 4,192 career hits.

Aug. 17, 1986: In Rose's final appearance as a player, he strikes out as a pinch hitter against San Diego's Goose Gossage.

Nov. 11, 1986: Player-manager Rose, 45, is dropped from the Reds' 40-man roster to make room for pitcher Pat Pacillo. Rose continues to manage the team.

May 2, 1988: Rose is suspended for 30 days by National League president Bart Giamatti for having shoved umpire Dave Pallone on April 30.

Feb. 21, 1989: Rose leaves spring training in Plant City, Fla., to meet with Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and other league officials, including Giamatti, in New York. The topic of the meeting: Rose's gambling habits.

March 20, 1989: Baseball announces it is investigating Rose for "serious allegations," though they do not specify to what they are related.

May 9, 1989: Baseball special investigator John Dowd hands over a 225-page report on Rose to new commissioner Giamatti.

Aug. 24, 1989: Rose agrees to lifetime ban from baseball following a six-month investigation of his gambling, a deal announced by Giamatti. A five-page document signed by Rose and Giamatti has no formal findings. However, Giamatti says he believes Rose bet on baseball, while on the same day Rose denies it.

Sept. 1, 1989: Giamatti dies suddenly of a heart attack at age 51.

April 20, 1990: Rose pleads guilty to two felony counts of filing false income tax returns.

July 19, 1990: Rose is sentenced to five months in prison and fined $50,000.

Aug. 8, 1990: Rose begins serving his five-month prison sentence at Marion (Ill.) Federal prison camp.

Jan. 7, 1991: Rose is released from federal prison in Marion, Ill. He begins the second part of his sentence, consisting of 1,000 hours of community service at Cincinnati inner-city schools.

Feb. 4, 1991: The 12 members of the board of directors of the Hall of Fame vote unanimously to bar Rose from the ballot. He will become eligible again only if the commissioner reinstates him by December, 2005.

Jan. 7, 1992: Pitchers Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rose, ineligible because of his ban from baseball, receives 41 write-in votes.

September 1997: Rose applies for reinstatement.

Nov. 13, 1998: The bat Rose used for his 4,191st hit, which tied Ty Cobb's career record, is sold by an unidentified Rose associate for $21,096;

Aug. 23, 1999: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announces that Rose will be invited to the World Series if he is elected to the All-Century Team.

October 1999: Rose receives loudest ovation during introduction of baseball's MasterCard All-Century team before Game 2 of the World Series. He is later peppered with questions by NBC reporter Jim Gray, who asks him several times in a TV interview if he wants to admit betting on baseball and apologize

Nov. 30, 1999: Rose launches a new web site, allowing fans to add their names to a petition to vote for his reinstatement.

January 2000: Baseball lawyer Bob DuPuy meets with Rose's lawyer Roger Makley in Columbus. Makley presents what Rose's side calls evidence that shows he didn't bet on baseball while managing the Reds.

Aug. 6, 2001: In a Vanity Fair magazine interview, Tommy Gioiosa, a former friend of Rose, alleges that Rose bet on baseball, used a corked bat, and participated in drug dealings.

October 2002: Rose is allowed by baseball to appear during the World Series as part of MasterCard's Memorable Moments promotion.

Dec. 12, 2003: In an ABC interview with Charles Gibson, Rose confirms that he admitted his gambling activities to Selig during a November 2002 meeting.

-- Enquirer research and BaseballLibrary.com

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