Pete Rose, the three-time World Series ring winner with two gold gloves, is an American professional baseball player and manager. As a player, Pete Rose enjoyed an illustrious, trophy rich baseball career spanning 20 years with 3 different teams. He also spent five years as a successful manager with the Cincinnati Reds.
During his season, Pete was one of the most versatile baseball players, serving as first, second, and third baseman. He also played the role of left and right fielder with an excellent impact. Since he had been nicknamed “Charlie Hustle” by the former New York Yankees pitcher, Whitey Ford, Pete owned this name. As a result, he set and broke countless MLB records, making him probably one of the greatest players baseball has ever seen.
Bio, Wiki, Age
Pete Rose was born Pete Edward Rose on April 14, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Harry “Pete” Francis and LaVerne Rose. Harry and LaVerne had 3 other children besides Pete but their names remain unknown. Pete has always been a sports fanatic, even as a young boy. His parents discovered this fondness and allowed him to join the Order of DeMolay for their sporting activities. This laid the foundation for an ultimately very successful baseball career.
Pete Rose attended Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a student, Pete was very active in sports. He was on the baseball and freshman soccer team at his school. He was so good at soccer that, despite his size, he was named running back for the team. However, Pete was desperate when he was overlooked in the selection of his school’s football team. This was a very depressing time for him and it was beginning to take its toll on his studies.
Pete was lucky that his father stepped in and helped him through this difficult period of his life. That year, his father encouraged him to attend a summer baseball camp for teenagers. This helped Pete forget about his soccer problems and allowed him to channel all his pent-up outrage into baseball.
In his senior year, he became more involved with baseball, and with the help of his Uncle Bloebaum, Pete signed his first professional contract with the Cincinnati Reds. This happened immediately after he graduated from Western Hills High.
Pete Rose made his MLB debut on April 8, 1963, the opening day of the baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It wasn’t really a great game for him because he was taking a walk. After 10 years, however, he was to lead the league with an amazing 230 goals and an average of 338 strokes. His spectacular performance this season inspired the Cincinnati Reds aka “The Big Red Machine” to win the National League Championship Series in 1973, and Rose won the National League MVP Award for his achievements.
On May 5, 1978, Rose rewrote the record books by becoming the 13th player in MLB history to score 300 career hits. Pete continued to set and break more records in the MLB, achieving some remarkable numbers. He had an amazing record of 4,256 hits, which made him the absolute leader of the MLB in terms of hits. He had a total of 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, a Most Valuable Player Award, and was awarded the National League Rookie of the Year Award in his first year as a professional baseball player. During his baseball career, Pete also played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1979-1983) and the Montreal Expos (1984).
Pete Rose first returned to the Cincinnati Reds as a player-manager and finally became manager from 1984-1989. The only blot on his great career was his despicable activity as a player and manager at baseball games in which he was directly involved as a player and manager. His punishment was permanent disqualification from baseball. Apart from baseball, Pete also served his country briefly in the army, appeared in the WWE, and became an analyst at Fox Sports.
Pete Rose’s Height
Pete stands high at a height of 1.8 meters. As a child, he always looked smaller than his age.
Rose was married twice with 2 different women. His first wife was Karolyn Englehardt. Karolyn and Pete were married on January 25, 1964. The couple have two children, a daughter named Fawn and a son named after Pete. Karolyn and Pete divorced in 1980.
Four years later Pete married his second wife, Carol J. Woliung. Carol bore Pete two children named Tyler and Cara. Pete and Carol finally divorced in 2011 after being separated for more than 24 months. Later, Pete met Kiana Kim (a Playboy model) and started dating her while separated from Carol. They have been engaged since 2011, but for reasons best known to them, they have avoided tying the wedding knot.
Pete’s net worth is estimated at over $3 million, most of which stem from his illustrious baseball career. He once signed a $3.2 million contract, which made him the highest-paid player in a team sport at the time. 25 years after his suspension, Pete still earns about $1 million a year in autographs and paid public appearances.