Peter Edward Rose was born on April 14, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He started playing professional baseball in 1960 with the minor league Geneva (NY) Reg Legs, but it wasn’t until April 8, 1963 that he made his Major League debut. His rookie year he played second base for the Cincinnati Reds. He played 24 Major League Seasons, mostly with the Reds (1963-1978, 1984-1986), but he also spent 4 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies (1980-1983) and part of a season with the Montreal Expos (1984). He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five different positions (2B, LF, RF, 3B, and 1B).
In the 24 seasons that Pete Rose played Major League baseball he holds all-time major-league record for most career hits, most games played, and most at bats, including the all-time National League records for most years played and most career runs. Pete is also the only player in Major League history to play more than 500 games at five different position. Rose’s unbounded enthusiasm for baseball and his performance of stunts like running to first base on walks and sliding into a base headfirst, earned him the nickname “Charlie Hustle.” Pete Rose is the author of My Prison Without Bars, which was #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Rose retired from baseball after the 1986 season. His days with the Reds were not over though. He served as manager from 1985 to 1988, helping the Reds to 4 consecutive 2nd place finishes and was considered to be one of the best managers in baseball.