My run-in with Pete Rose

Posted on August 22, 2007

I was in Las Vegas on vacation last week.  A “run-in” probably isn’t the right wording, but it sounded interesting, right?  On Saturday we were walking through the new Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino and checking out the Miracle Mile Shops when we came across a sports memorabilia store.  It was none other than “Charlie Hustle” himself sitting at a table and signing autographs.  Here are a couple photos that I took while passing through.

Pete Rose Pete Rose

I didn’t wait in line for an autograph and was a little torn anyway when thinking if I should.  Pete Rose was a phenomenal baseball player.  After all he holds the records for most hits, at-bats, games played, and outs.  That is pretty impressive.

But, he made the mistake of betting on baseball, and in some cases for or against his own team.  In 2004 he admitted to the betting and was banned from ever being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

So, I wanted the autograph but I didn’t.  Nonetheless, it was great to see someone in person that at one point in history was an iconic figure of America’s favorite pastime.

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