Pete Rose, better known as “Charlie Hustle,” was penalized with permanent ineligibility from baseball when allegations that he bet on baseball games surfaced. He was charged in August 1989, during his final year as a manager and three years after quitting as a player. Pete stated that after all these years, he was better at football than he was at baseball.
Pete Rose has made a startling revelation concerning his baseball career. The all-time MLB hits leader thinks he was a better football player than he was a baseball player. Rose made the remarks on the “Talking Titans With Rob Gough” show, telling the presenter that his father, a brilliant football player himself, was the reason he was a far greater football athlete than a baseball one.
“Back in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, that’s all we had to do was sports. We didn’t have the iPads, we didn’t have the computers, we didn’t have the iPhones. We didn’t have none of that stuff.”
“We had sports and I was a three-sport player but, to be honest with you, I was a much better football player than I was a baseball player because of my dad.”
It’s a startling remark, especially since Rose would have been a lock for the Hall of Fame if it weren’t for his gambling scandal. Pete claims that as a child, he was just not interested in school but that he did well enough to be eligible to play.
However, Rose, who was on the verge of attending the University of Tennessee, says that if he had known then what he knows now, he would have prioritized his education. Rose, who managed the Cincinnati Reds for seven seasons, has a message for kids who may feel the same way about school as he did when he was younger.
“If I was growing up, I would have been a ding dong. Because I just didn’t give a darn about school … I just went to school and got your grades enough to stay eligible.”
“But if I was playing today in high school, I’d probably try to get really good grades knowing what’s ahead of ya as far as going to college. We didn’t worry about going to college back in the ’50s and early ’60s.”
“I tell people today, kids especially, the more education you get the better off you’re gonna be.”
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