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My Prison Without Bars

Pete Rose; Rick Hill

Verlag: Rodale Press, 2000
ISBN 10: 0756785707 / ISBN 13: 9780756785703
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Titel: My Prison Without Bars

Verlag: Rodale Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2000

Einband: Hardcover

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Inhaltsangabe: Pete Rose holds more major league baseball records than any other player in history. His old-fashioned work ethic turned his great talent into legendary accomplishments. Rose is also a lifelong gambler. For the past 13 years, he has been banned from baseball & barred from his rightful place in the Hall of Fame -- accused of violating MLB s one taboo. Rule 21 states that no one associated with baseball shall ever gamble on the game. The punishment is a permanent barring from baseball & exclusion from the Hall of Fame. Rose has denied betting on the game that he loves. Here, Rose gives a vivid picture of his life in prison, his early life & baseball career. Also confronts his demons, tackling the ugly truths about his gambling & his behavior. Photos.

Rezension: Pete Rose's My Prison Without Bars is written for a purpose: to make Pete Rose's case for the Hall of Fame. On paper, Rose's credentials seem unassailable. The all-time career hits leader, Rose owns seven Major League and twelve National League records from his 24 years in baseball.

The controversy comes down to Major League Baseball's Rule 21: "Any... employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible." In 1989 Rose was suspended from baseball after allegations that he gambled on the sport, allegations Rose denied. Thereafter, fans and sportswriters have speculated that baseball officials would re-instate Rose if only he admitted his guilt. In the book, Rose confesses--for the first time--that he did in fact bet on Reds games while he managed the team, though he claims that he never bet against the Reds. This would seem to be the "coming clean" that baseball was looking for.

Rose, however, doesn't seem ready to give up his fight. The book attacks John Dowd and Commissioner Bart Giamatti for the 1989 report which ultimately led to Rose's suspension. Rose picks apart the report showing that the evidence was either falsified or from unreliable sources. Yet, he admits that the document's conclusion--that he bet on baseball--was accurate. Rose declares guilt but still seems to believe, as he says, that gambling is a "victimless crime" and that his punishment does not fit the crime. He won't "act sorry or sad or guilty" because he is "just not built that way."

Admirers of Rose the athelete will likely be disappointed by the book. After a too-short recollection of his life in baseball, Rose dwells heavily on the gamblers, bookmakers, runners, and memorabilia dealers who made up his world when he could no longer compete as a player. In the end, My Prison Without Bars is an interesting historical document in one of the greatest baseball scandals of all time, but those looking for a record of Rose's amazing baseball achievements are better off consulting The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. --Patrick O'Kelley

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