Pete Rose

Bart Giamattiís decision to ban Pete Rose from the Baseball Hall of Fame was
not a fair decision at all. Pete Rose was placed on Baseballís 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

Giamattiís 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 playerís 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 Roseís
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 Leagueís Cincinnati Reds. Rose won the National

Leagueís 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 Roseís banishment, Tommy

Gioiosa was on a Cincinnati talk show. On this