Pete Rose Takes Abuse

Pete Rose was the player of the decade in the 1970s, and he was often the target of some kidding from people involved with the Cincinnati Reds’ organization.  Teammate Johnny Bench once said, “Sometimes I get so mad at him , I want to shoot him.  He’s got a square jaw and a square head, and both match his personality.  The way he thinks things should be is the way he has them, period.”  Broadcaster Joe Nuxhall’s comment was, “I’ll tell you how smart Pete is – When they had the blackout in New York City, he was stranded 143 hours on an escalator.  In high school, Pete’s history teacher asked the class to write down the nine greatest  Americans, but Pete could only think of eight.  When asked why just eight, Pete replied, “I can’t think of a third baseman.”

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