Like Joe Jackson (see previous slide), Pete Rose has been ostracized for gambling. However, it doesn’t change the fact that Rose put up HOF-worthy career numbers. He played an incredible 24 seasons, racking up the all-time record for hits (4,256), 160 HRs, drove across 1,314 runs, scored 2,165 times and stole 198 bases, getting thrown out 149 times (.571).
He would also start as a regular at six different positions (with exception of catcher, shortstop and pitcher). He won NL Rookie of the Year, Sporting News Rookie Player of the Year, TSN Player of the Year, Player of the Month (six times), a Silver Slugger, MVP, World Series MVP, two Gold Gloves (as an outfielder), Baseball Digest Player of the Year, Sport Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and the Roberto Clemente awards.
If that doesn’t signify Hall of Fame, I don’t know what does.