Pete Rose is a Hall of Famer…at least in his hometown… and if you were a collector, it wasn’t a bad weekend to visit Cincinnati. On Saturday, the Cincinnati Reds passed out posters to fans with pictures of the Topps cards on which Rose appeared as a player from 1963-1987. Next door, a new exhibit chronicling his quest to surpass Ty Cobb’s Major League record for most career hits also opened at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.
Rose was on hand for the induction ceremony on Saturday and again on Sunday when the team retired his jersey number 14.
The dated poster featured 20 cards but didn’t include the 1980-84 period, when he played for the Phillies and Expos. Some had already made their way to eBay by Sunday where sales were fairly brisk.
The new Reds Museum exhibit is entitled 4192: Pete Rose and the Pursuit of Baseball’s All-Time Hit Record. It explores Rose’s pursuit of the record that was long thought to be untouchable.
The exhibit includes artifacts, film and a graphic timeline and allows visitors to re-live the night of September 11, 1985 when Rose passed Cobb with his 4,192nd career hit.
Artifacts and features of the exhibit include:
• Original, game-used baseballs from many of Rose’s 4000+ hits including all the balls from hit No. 4107 on April 18, 1985 to No. 4190 on September 8, 1985.
• Game-worn jersey from September 11, 1985
• Section of Riverfront Stadium Astroturf where hit No. 4192 landed
• Game-used bat used by Rose on Opening Day 1985 when he collected two hits and drove in three runs in a 4-1 Reds victory
• Complete, unedited footage of hit No. 4192 complete with the original radio broadcast
The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is located next to Great American Ball Park.