He has no plaque in Cooperstown, but Pete Rose is a Hall of Famer in Cincinnati where the Reds have just unveiled a major exhibit focused on him. Word is he’ll be there on Opening Day.
He was banned from baseball in 1989 but the all-time hit king has purchased two tickets to the Reds’ April 2 home opener and is expected to watch his first game ever at Great American Ball Park.
Rose, who lives in Los Angeles, had announced that he would be back for Opening Day during a private party Tuesday night for the new “Pete: The Exhibit” in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum lobby gallery.
Banned from baseball in 1989, Rose was moved by the unveiling of the exhibit. “It’s overwhelming, to say the least,” he said at a news conference for the new 11-month display, opening Saturday. “To be part of the Hall of Fame – I don’t know if (the Reds) will get in trouble or not – but I’m glad they’re doing it.”
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Major League Baseball officials actually approved the display – the team’s first official tribute to the popular player-manager – virtually as proposed by Reds, said Greg Rhodes, director of the Reds Hall of Fame.
Rose game-used uniforms, gloves, awards, hats and bats are among the items to be showcased. 500 baseball cards also help make up the largest exhibit ever devoted to the Cincinnati native. Here’s a sneak peek including a video tour.