Pete Rose

All-time hits leader Pete Rose has been banned from baseball ever since 1989 following an investigation that showed Rose was placing bets on the Cincinnati Reds from the 1985-87 season while he was manager of the ball club.

For the first time since his lifetime ban, “Charlie Hustle” will make a return to the City of Brotherly Love for the Philadelphia Phillies’ alumni weekend. Rose will also be joined by teammates from the 1980 World Series championship team on Aug. 7.

The news was announced by one of Rose’s former teammates and current broadcaster Larry Bowa during the Phillies’ NBC Sports broadcast. A spokesman from the team later confirmed Bowa’s report.

Despite his constant attempts at getting back into the good graces of pro baseball, Rose’s latest application for MLB reinstatement was rejected by commissioner Rob Manfred in 2015.

While it’s highly unlikely that Rose will ever land in the Baseball Hall of Fame, his 17-time All-Star appearances and over 4,000 hits say otherwise. Even though baseball has not welcomed him back, I’m sure the 81-year-old Rose can expect a standing ovation from the Philly faithful.

[Sports Illustrated]

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