Pete Rose is both infamous and legendary for his incredible hitting ability and gambling scandal.
Pete Rose deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Most fans would agree with that. Despite the fact that his betting on baseball earned him the lifetime ban received in 1989, Rose still holds the unreachable record of 4,256 base hits.
Nicknamed "Charlie Hustle" for his playing style, Rose tripled for his first big league hit on April 13, 1963. What made Rose even more special was his uncanny ability to switch hit and deliver from both sides of the plate.
A 17 time All-Star, Rose ended his career with a .303 batting average and 1,314 runs batted in. Never being much of a power hitter, Rose excelled as a contact hitter much like his idol Ty Cobb.
In 1978, Rose enjoyed a 44 game hitting streak, tying the National League record set by Willie Keeler and threatening the Major League record of 56 games set by Joe DiMaggio.
After stints in Philadelphia and Montreal, Rose returned to the Cincinnati Reds where he began his career. On September 11, 1985, Rose broke Cobb's record of total hits with a single to left field. Rose would play one more season before retiring from baseball as a player in 1986. Since then, elite players such as Derek Jeter and Rafael Palmeiro reach 3,000 hits at the twilight of their careers. Few can even fathom coming close to 4,000 and above.
Rose's managerial career and subsequent gambling accusations overshadowed his brilliant career, but most baseball fans still feel that Rose deserves his spot in the Hall of Fame. His career hit total, however, shall still stand untouchable.