Pete Rose Set All-time Hits Record

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In September 1985, Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb’s all-time hits record with his 4,192nd hit. The 44-year-old was player and manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

Because Rose broke Cobb’s record, ABC’s Wide World of Sports named him as its Athlete of the Year in 1985. Rose accumulated a total of 4,256 hits before his final career at-bat in August of 1986.

Sports Illustrated exposed the public to allegations that Rose had placed bets on baseball games with their cover story in April of 1989. In August, Rose voluntarily accepted a permanent place on baseball’s ineligible list.

In July of 2009, the New York Daily News reported that the Commissioner of Major League Baseball had seriously considered lifting Rose’s lifetime suspension from baseball. The next day, the commissioner shot down these rumors and Rose remains suspended, indefinitely.