A three-time World Series ring winner with two Gold Gloves to his credit, Pete Rose is an American professional baseball player and manager. As a player, Pete enjoyed an illustrious trophy-laden baseball career, spanning over 20 years with 3 different teams. He has further had a successful 5-year spell with the Cincinnati Reds as a manager.
During his playing days, Pete was one of the most versatile baseball players having been deployed as a first, second, and third baseman. He also played the role of a left and right fielder to an excellent effect. Having been nicknamed “Charlie Hustle” as an act of derision by former New York Yankees pitcher, Whitey Ford, Pete owned the name. He went on to set and break a myriad of MLB records, making him arguably one of the greatest players that baseball has ever seen.
Bio, Wiki, Age
Pete Rose was born Pete Edward Rose on the 14th of April 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Harry “Pete” Francis and LaVerne Rose. Harry and LaVerne had 3 other children besides Pete, however, the names of these children remain unknown. Pete has always been keen on sports, even as a very young boy. His parents spotted this predilection and permitted him to join the Order of DeMolay for their sporting activities. This laid the foundation to what will end up being a very successful baseball career.
Pete Rose attended Western Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio. As a student, Pete was very active in sports. He was in his school’s baseball and freshman football team. He was so good at football that despite his size, he was made the team’s running back. However, Pete was left despondent when he was overlooked during his school’s varsity football team selection. This was a very depressing time for him and it began to take its toll on his studies.
Luckily for Pete, his father stepped in and helped him navigate this trying period of his life. That year, his father encouraged him to participate in a baseball summer camp for teenagers. This helped Pete forget about his football woes and enabled him to channel all his bottled up indignation to baseball.
He became more vested in baseball in his senior year and with the help of his uncle, Bloebaum, Pete signed his first professional contract with the Cincinnati Reds. This was immediately after he graduated from Western Hills High.
Pete Rose made his MLB debut on the 8th of April 1963. It was the opening day baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It wasn’t really a great game for him as he drew a walk. However, 10 years down the line, he would go on to lead the league with an astonishing 230 hits and a 338 batting average. His spectacular performance that season inspired the Cincinnati Reds a.k.a “the Big Red Machine” to win the 1973 National League Championship Series. Rose won the National League MVP award for his efforts.
On the 5th of May 1978, Rose would rewrite the record books by becoming the 13th player in the history of the MLB to attain 300 career hits. Pete would go on to set and break more records in the MLB, attaining some remarkable numbers in the process. He had an amazing record of 4,256 hits, making him the all-time MLB leader in hits. He had an overall 3,562 games played, 14,053 at-bats, 3,215 singles, and 10,328 outs. Pete also made 17 All-Star appearances, won three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, and was awarded the National League Rookie of the Year Award in his first year as a professional baseball player. In the course of his baseball career, Pete also played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1979-1983) and the Montreal Expos (1984).
Pete Rose returned to the Cincinnati Reds initially as a player-manager and eventually became the manager from 1984-1989. The only blight in his awesome career was his despicable act of gambling on baseball games in which he was directly involved as a player and manager. His penalty was permanent ineligibility from baseball. Aside from baseball, Pete also served his country briefly in the army, appeared on WWE, and became a Fox Sports analyst.
Pete Rose’s Height
Pete stands tall at a height of 1.8m. As a kid, he always looked smaller than his age.
Rose has been married twice to 2 different women. His first wife was Karolyn Englehardt. Karolyn and Pete got married on the 25th of January 1964. The couple shares two children, a daughter named Fawn and a son named after Pete. Karolyn and Pete got divorced in 1980.
Four years later, Pete married his second wife named Carol J. Woliung. Carol bore Pete two children named Tyler and Cara. Pete and Carol finally got divorced in 2011 after being separated for over 24 months. Pete later met and started dating Kiana Kim (a Playboy model) while he was separated from Carol. They’ve been engaged since 2011 but for reasons best known to them, they’ve avoided tying the nuptial knot.
Pete’s net worth is estimated to be over 3 million USD, most of which stems from his illustrious baseball career. He once signed a 3.2 million USD contract, making him the highest-paid player in a team sport at that time. 25 years after receiving his ban, Pete still earns about 1 million USD per year from signing autographs and making paid public appearances.