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— Where BTF's Members Investigate the Grand Old Game
Monday, November 18, 2002
You Can Bet on Baseball for a Steak Dinner
How Pete Rose once got the better of Sparky Anderson.
Pete Rose, the most prolific hitter in baseball history, accumulated 4,256 hits in his life-time and unquestionably, produced Hall of Fame numbers. Rose, however, was banned from baseball in 1989 for allegedly gambling on baseball. Although significant circumstantial evidence suggests that Rose bet on baseball, Rose has always has denied these allegations, arguing that no real evidence has ever surfaced which makes it clear that he did indeed bet on baseball.
It is possible, however, that certain incriminating evidence
has been tucked away in forgotten sources for decades. Well, that
depends on whether betting on baseball for a steak dinner amounts
to "gambling," as viewed by Major League Baseball.
The Pirates pitcher, Bruce Dal Canton, threw three consecutive
balls to Rose to open the count to 3-0. Rose stepped out of the
batter’s box and shouted to Anderson, "The bet’s off if I
walk." Anderson is then quoted as saying "You know Pete
. . . He never likes to lose. He’s protecting his bet." On
the fourth pitch, in classic Charlie Hustle style, the determined
and confident Rose drilled a shot to center field for a single.
Thereafter, Rose informed Anderson, "I want that steak
dinner paid for from out of your pocket. None of that expense
In 1989, Major League Baseball unleashed the most
comprehensive investigation in the league’s history, in an effort
to determine if Rose bet on baseball. John Dowd, a lawyer in
Washington, D.C. was appointed special counsel for Commissioners
Peter Ueberroth and A. Bartlett Giamatti. Dowd wrote in his
report that "etting on baseball by a
participant of the game is corrupt because it erodes and destroys
the integrity of the game of baseball. Betting also exposes the
game to the influence of forces who seek to control the game to
their own ends. Betting on one’s own team gives rise to the
ultimate conflict of interest in which the individual player/bettor
places his personal financial interest above the interests of the
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