Historic home run balls generate plenty of bidding when they’re up for auction. But if you’re looking for the baseballs that immediately led up to Pete Rose breaking Ty Cobb’s all-time hit record, we know who has them.
Long before the betting slips and the tax charges and the "I Bet" baseballs. Well before steroids spoiled our career home run fascination there was simply Pete Rose and Ty Cobb. During the chase, even those who weren’t much into the game had one question each night: "Did Pete get a hit?"
As his career wound down, the aging Rose still got plenty of hits. But he didn’t get the baseballs as he approached the record-setting 4192nd hit in 1985.
The equipment men who took care of the Cincinnati Reds during the sason did their part for history. Now, those baseballs are finally coming out of storage.
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