Pete rose1 Essay

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pete rose1



Bart Giamatti’s decision to ban Pete Rose from the Baseball Hall of Fame was not a fair
decision at all. Pete Rose was placed on Baseball’s ineligible list in 1989 when
commissioner of baseball, Bart Giamatti concluded that Rose had bet on baseball games,
including games involving his own team, the Cincinnati Reds. In an agreement made with
Baseball, Rose accepted his banishment from the sport. Although he never admitted to
having gambled on baseball games(McCarver 44). Pete Rose was a phenomenal baseball
player and manager. He was accused of gambling. His team while he was managing was
supposedly involved. Bart Giamatti’s severe punishment of Pete Rose is a very
controversial topic in the world of sports.

There are a few rules that must have been followed to be inducted to the Hall of Fame.
The one that is keeping Rose away is rule five. Rule five states: Voting shall be based
upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and
contributions to the team or teams on which the player played (Hemmer 85). This rule has
been tested and beaten many times.

Many players have entered the Baseball Hall of Fame such as the very unllikeable Ty Cobb,
the drinking Babe Ruth, the umpire abusing John McGraw, the racist Cap Anson, Gaylord
Perry a suspected cheater, and the gambling Leo Durocher. Those are just a few of the
baseball players who somehow made into the Hall of Fame and got passed rule five (Will
225). Pete Rose’s problem was not even as severe as all of these other men. The argument
to this is that if these men can make it into the Hall of Fame why is Pete Rose banned.
It is obvious that these players made it there with just their playing abilities and not
by all of the other characteristics needed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame (Will
226).

Pete Rose started playing professional baseball in 1960 in the minor leagues and by 1963
he reached the Major Leagues as a rookie second baseman with the National League’s
Cincinnati Reds. Rose won the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award for 1963. He
spent most of his 24 year career playing with the Reds, Rose also played with the
Phillies and the Expos. In 1985 Rose broke one of the most “unbreakable” records of all
time, by passing out Ty Cobb for the most career hits ever (US fans n.p.). Rose holds
many records, some of which are: most games played, most at bats, and most singles by a
major league baseball player. All of these statistics are definitely Hall of Fame worthy
(Cosmic baseball n.p.).

Pete Rose denies that he ever bet on Major League baseball games. The commissioner of
baseball, Bart Giamatti, did not believe Rose at all. There is not any kind of proof that
directly led to Rose gambling. There is evidence that does lead to Rose gambling on
games, even ones involving the Cincinnati Reds (Reston 32). This evidence came from three
men who are former friends of Pete Rose. Tommy Gioiosa, Paul Janszen and Ron Peters were
a group of bodybuilders in a local gym in Cincinnati. All three of them used steroids to
make themselves physically big (Allen 158).

Gioiosa, Janszen, and Peters each was convicted of felonies. They were all involved in
illegal gambling, drug dealing (cocaine and steroids), and income tax evasion. Pete Rose
knew what kind of men these three were and broke away from them. It is possible that
these three men could have turned Rose in for some kind of pay back, because of the fact
that Rose stopped associating with them (Allen 160). How reliable are these men and their
information about Rose?

Pete Rose met Tommy Gioiosa in Florida in 1978. The two of these men became good friends.
Gioiosa moved to Cincinnati and lived with Rose and his family that year. Tommy Gioiosa
introduced Rose to the group of bodybuilders at the local Cincinnati gym. Among this
group was the gym's owner Mike Fry, and a bodybuilder Donald Stenger. Donald Stenger was
a big supporter of steroids. Tommy Gioiosa really bulked himself up with steroids that he
got from Stenger (Reston 58). When Rose was asked about gambling, the only name that was
said was Tommy Gioiosa. Gioiosa would be the one to know what really happened (McCarver
42).

In February of 1990 after refusing to speak about the investigation of Pete Rose to
baseball officials, and six months after Rose’s banishment, Tommy Gioiosa was on a
Cincinnati talk show. On this show Gioiosa claimed that Rose did bet on baseball games.
By this time the two men were no longer friends. The investigation of this is if Tommy
Gioiosa is telling the truth or was he being revengeful (Scott 26). He might be paying
Rose back for having taking advantage of him, because Gioiosa claims that Rose frequently
borrowed money from him but never paid it back.

Paul Janszen played a major role in Major League Baseball’s investigation of Pete Rose as
well. Tommy Gioiosa introduced Janszen to Pete Rose in October of 1986. A year later
Janszen would replace Gioiosa as being Pete Rose’s “number one man”. He was a shadow to
Rose. Paul Janszen and his girlfriend Danita Marcum went with Rose and his family to
Florida for the 1987 Spring Training season. During the 1987 baseball season, Janszen was
a frequent visitor to Rose’s manager’s office at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati
(Salisbury 55).

In March of 1988 Janszen was being investigated in connection with an FBI search into drug
dealing and income tax evasion. Other members of the local gym were involved and Janszen
began cooperating with the investigators. Janszen also needed a lawyer, and to pay for
this Janszen need to get back the $40,000 he had lent Rose the past year. According to
Paul Janszen Pete Rose only paid back $10,000. The rest of the money that Janszen felt
Rose owed him would never be coming (Salisbury 57).

After this Paul Janszen was feeling betrayed by Pete Rose, he then began answering
questions about him to the FBI investigators. Janszen plead guilty to a charge of income
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