He’s got a Cincinnati Reds batting helmet signed by Pete Rose and Johnny Bench. So what item do you think one eBay seller is pushing this week? How about a 32 year-old wad of Rose-chewed gum?
Some players chewed tobacco incessantly. Others, like Pete Rose, rarely stepped onto a ballfield without a wad of gum stuck in their mouth.
In 1975, Pete Rose discarded one in a moment of disgust. He missed the dugout and landed within a fan’s reach. The ‘souvenir’ became a funny conversation piece in the fan’s household, protected and preserved for Pete posterity. Now it’s been discarded again by the original owner’s grandson, who’s put together an eBay auction that’s generated a little stir of publicity.