Pete Rose (Peter Edward Rose Sr., born April 1941) had 14,053 times at bat before he reached a record of 4256 base hits. Rose was a switch hitter and is the all-time MLB leader in hits. He played 3,562 baseball games. Besides at-bats, his singles were 3,215 and outs 10,328. He won 3 World Series, 3 batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, 2 Gold Gloves, and the Rookie of the Year Award. Rose also made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled 5 positions (second baseman, left fielder, right fielder, third baseman, and first baseman). Rose won his 2 Gold Gloves when he was an outfielder in 1969 and 1970.

A native of Cincinnati, Rose was a player who played with great intensity on the field. His efforts earned him the nickname "Charlie Hustle", most prominently as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, a team known as The Big Red Machine for their dominance of the National League in the 1970s. From 1979–1983, he played for the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1984, he was a member of the Montreal Expos. Next, he became the manager of the Reds from 1984 to 1989.

Rose was one of the greatest players ever to play in Major League Baseball. He had many great seasons during a 24-year career. Yet he is not in the Hall of Fame and was banned from the game for life. His experience at the end of his career has been both tragic and polarizing. He made the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, the Major League Baseball All-Century Team, and his number 14 has been retired by the Cincinnati Reds.

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