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It’s been over 30 years since Pete Rose stepped foot on the Philadelphia Philles’ field, but that streak will soon come to an end.
Rose, baseball’s career hits leader, will appear on the Phillies’ field next month as the team is set to recognize the 1980 World Series championship team, according to ESPN. The 81-year-old agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 after MLB found Rose placed bets on the Cincinnati Reds, a team he played for and managed, between 1985 and 1987.
Larry Bowa, Rose’s teammate on the 1980 Phillies team, shared the news that Rose would be attending the ceremony on the field on Saturday night during the Phillies’ broadcast. A spokesperson for the team confirmed that Rose would indeed be in attendance for the ceremony on August 7.
Rose spent five years with the Phillies picking up 826 of his 4,256 career hits. He drove in 255 runs in that stretch over the course of 2,841 at-bats.
Over the course of his 24-year career, Rose carried a batting average of .303 in 3,562 games, which is another all-time record the legend owns.
As for the 1980 World Series, Rose’s Phillies punched their ticket after beating the Houston Astros before beating the Kansas City Royals by a series count of 4-2. Rose went 6-for-26 in the series against the Royals while driving in just one run.
“Put the man in the Hall of Fame, tell the whole story of Pete Rose and move on with it,” Dan Dakich said.
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