Pete Rose and The Hall of Fame- A Personal and Historical Perspective

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An athlete once said, “The Hall of Fame is for great ballplayers, not great people.” Still, there is a difference between hell-raising and gambling. With the recent Supreme Court ruling which allows internet wagering, the conversation has worked its way back to Pete Rose. I put it in some historical and personal perspective and asked Pete myself what he has to say about it.

This podcast rated 17+ due to language.

By |2018-07-18T14:21:31+00:00June 7th, 2018|12 Comments

About the Author:

Larry Dierker was born September 22, 1946, in Hollywood California. Larry is a former Major League Baseball pitcher, manager, broadcaster, and he is also an accomplished American novelist, blogger, essayist, playwright, motivational speaker, and digital entrepreneur.


  1. Tommy Moore June 13, 2018 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    I saw the “Big Red Machine” play as a child. So many are in the HOF who took performance enhancing drugs. All Pete did was gamble…. FREE PETE

  2. Bruce Harlin June 18, 2018 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Pete voluntarily signed a lifetime ban. He is currently still alive.

  3. Jack Warren June 19, 2018 at 12:47 am - Reply

    I grew up watching Pete Rose play ball and he was such a great role model! Although Pete made a few mistakes later in life, we have to remember he is only human. Compared to what other athletes in the past have been found guilty of I feel Pete has been robbed. Let’s correct this now while he is still with us.

  4. Jerome Eismont July 18, 2018 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Pete Rose was the Best pure hitter in the Game.He didn’t get the nickname Charlie hustle for nothing.Do you really think he was the only one that bet on baseball?I think not.He should be in the hall for his all time hits alone.Put him in.

  5. Jose July 19, 2018 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Pete rose is tha all time hitting king he should be in the hall of fame he did it on raw talent he was someone I wanted to be like he is the consummate professional

  6. Ricky Martin July 20, 2018 at 4:16 am - Reply

    I was nine when Pete,came up he was one of the greatest of all time lets put him in already .

  7. Frank Mortensen July 20, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

    I’ve been a Reds fan since the 60s! I haven’t seen a player play this game with more passion than Pete! He was the best at what he did! He made a error in life, made a bad decision to do what he did! We forgave all the racists, drug addicts , steroid users, and I’m sure many players that more or less threw games themselves for not giving 100% to the game! PUT PETE ROSE IN NOW! HE DESERVES TO BE IN!

  8. Gerard Rambach July 20, 2018 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    I saw Pete Rose in his rookie year at the Polo Grounds. He walked and he sprinted to first base. He played his entire career as “Charlie Hustle”, but I was a fan from day one. He did so much for baseball during his playing career. He deserves the HOF. Don’t wait til he dies.

  9. John J Ruliera Jr July 21, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Pete Rose belongs in the HOF! Anyone Years and years from now will only have to look at his stats to prove this point period!!! As a lifelong RedSox fan he has my vote and even votes from many people who don’t like Pete for thier own reasons believe he should be in the HOF! It would be a great injustice to not put Pete in while he is still alive! Petes passion and statistics speak for themselves! This is one mans vote one fans plea but I’m sure I speak for many in saying Pete Rose Hall of Famer⚾️⚾️⚾️

  10. James Judge Sr July 22, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    What a tragedy this man should be inducted for his accomplishments ( Baseball ) he will always remain to me bigger than life regardless of what happened isn’t it a way of a Christian philosophy to forgive and forget and go on . He will always remain to me an icon. He never down talked Major League Baseball after all he has been put through the average person would of thrown in the towel and said “ The hell with Major League Baseball take You hall of fame and go shove it. He remained loyal to the beloved sport of baseball and this is the way we should remember him by. Reinstate Pete Rose so he can get his due before it is to late.

  11. Steve Theurer July 22, 2018 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    OJ Simpson was a terrible person but a great football player. Not having the hit king in the hall of fame is a joke. We don’t judge these men on their morals but how they played their sport. Any expert will tell you that gambling can be a disease. That is what Pete Rose has. The man has paid the price, let him in the hall.

  12. bowie October 1, 2018 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    A lifetime ban for gambling is a good rule. I support it. Larry well explains how gambling problems threatened the fundamental integrity of the sport.
    Pete Rose broke that rule. He then lied about it for decades. He has done nothing to deserve exceptional treatment. And his woe-is-me act and apparently sincere belief that it’s ok to bet as long as its for your own team has only hardened my feelings that the man still does not understand why his behavior was wrong.
    And to those who say we shouldn’t bring morals into it, bear in mind that the baseball hall of fame expressly asks voters to consider the person’s character in their voting. Pete Rose is one of the lowliest characters to have ever played the game. He was a hero of mine once, too, but now I’m a grownup and see him for what he was and still is — a scoundrel.

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