Charlie Hustle and his Corked Bat

baseballI was listening to Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth call the Jays game on CJCL 1430 the afternoon Pete Rose set the all-time career hits record. I remember a recorded piece by Sparky Anderson came on to set the scene and tell us all history had been made. Pete Rose had more major league hits than anyone who had ever played the game of baseball and I thought that was pretty awesome.

I've long argued that Pete Rose should be in Cooperstown. I like the Hall of Fame to be about what happened on the field, between the white lines. When it came to playing baseball, Pete Rose is a shoe-on for Hall of Fame honours, and it always bothered me that Charlie Hustle wasn't eligible.

I read about Pete Rose's corked bat on Deadspin. "You're looking at an X-ray of a Mizuno PR4192 bat, commissioned by Pete Rose specifically for his 1985 chase of baseball's all-time hits record. Inside, clear as day, is a piece of foreign material, about 6 inches long, and the diameter of a nickel. "

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I don't care whether corking a bat actually helps or hinders a batter, rule 6.06(d) prohibits the use of corked bats. It's against the rules, and Pete Rose did it anyway, believing it gave him an edge while he chased history.

It's funny, but his gambling and lies about it never tainted my opinion of Charlie Hustle, but this does. Rose cheated.


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dale

He PROBABLY cheated with the corked bat but how many others did & never got caught.
George Brett is more guilty than Pete.
Proving now is too late but still a question. Steroids & other stuff not in the picture during these past times.
That is another story for another time.
Hear me Roger Clemens, possibly the most obvious but still pleading innocence with other players knowing he used.
Rose still belongs in the HOF & will get there someday.

June 9, 2010 @ 7:13 PM

Stephanie Wilkinson

Incredible... but like the article points out, it's not really anything that we should be surprised about.

I've met the guy and while I don't think he's the sharpest tack in the box, I still believe he deserves the HOF - certainly way more than some of these cowboys nowadays.

June 9, 2010 @ 10:05 PM

Mike from Lowville

No different than a hurler using Brylcreem or Vaseline to achieve a no hitter.

June 10, 2010 @ 7:27 AM

Hector

Corking bats was really common back then. If he had no talent, it wouldn't matter what kind of bat he had. Pete Rose deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

June 10, 2010 @ 10:08 AM

Il Duce

Let me get this straight. Only now do you believe Pete Rose shouldn't be allowed entry to the Hall because he used a cork bat.

The fact that he gambled during his playing and managing career against the rules of baseball, which he initially denied, didn't convince you.

The fact that he bet on baseball during his managing career which was proven by the Dowd Report, which he initially denied, didn't convince you.

The fact that he bet on his own team and was in debt to organized crime for $500,000.00 proven by the Dowd Report, which he initally denied, didn't convince you.

You probably believe O.J. really was innocent and still deserves to be in the Football Hall of Fame. I think he's still looking for the killers in jail.

Pete Rose was always a cheat and never deserves to be in Cooperstown you Fool!

June 10, 2010 @ 9:33 PM

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