The Ballad of Pete Rose has been sung so often and in such a shrill manner that I expect Carly Smithson to tackle it this week on American Idol. Yes, he played in an appealing manner. Yes, he collected more hits than any other (though isn’t he lucky Ichiro Suzuki started in America so late?).
Also, he broke the cardinal sin (no, not that one) by betting on baseball (including his own team) when that very action nearly tore down the sport 65 years earlier. As it turns out, though, all of his alleged insider knowledge may not have helped him a trifle. An academic paper recently released claims Pete Rose lost nearly $50,000 on baseball.