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April 26, 2015

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Pete Rose sells copies of his baseball walking papers


Garrett Downing

Pete Rose, baseball’s all time leader in hits, smiles as he talks with fans at the Field of Dreams sports and celebrity memorabilia shop.

For $500, you can own copies of the documents that formalized Pete Rose’s banishment from Major League Baseball.

Baseball’s all-time leader in hits has begun selling notarized copies of his walking papers at Antiquities inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and on his website.

“My banishment from baseball is a major event in the history of the game,” Rose said in a statement. “The positive support from my fans has been overwhelming since my banishment, and I wanted to offer my supporters and all baseball fans a chance to share an important aspect of my personal history.”

Rose was permanently banned from baseball in 1989 amid allegations of gambling, accusations he later confirmed. It was a staggering fall from grace for a player who earned 14 MLB records, three World Series rings, two Gold Glove awards and an MVP title.

A year after the ban was imposed, Rose pleaded guilty to two charges of filing false income tax returns to hide income he received from bets on horse racing and from selling autographs and memorabilia. He was sentenced to five months in jail and 1,000 hours of community service.

These days, Rose is a regular in Las Vegas and on the autograph circuit. He can be seen almost every day sitting behind a folding table in local memorabilia shops waiting for fans to approach. This month alone, he has scheduled 24 days of autograph signing at Antiquities.

His latest offering, the banishment papers, is notarized in Nevada and comes bound in copper and leather. The papers feature Rose’s signature and an inscription: “I’m sorry I bet on baseball.” Rose offered to personalize copies for customers at no extra charge.

Rose has taken to hawking many of his goods for cash, including photographs, gloves and baseballs. An autographed Cincinnati Reds cap sells for $99.99, as does a signed copy of his book, “My Prison Without Bars.” For an unspecified price, Rose will speak at a corporate event, and for $5,000 he’ll dine with you at your choice of a Las Vegas restaurant. Just keep in mind: the price includes the meal and a signed baseball, but only $100 worth of alcohol.

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  1. Pete has become such a sad sack, sitting out front of Field of Dreams storefront at Caesars...alone at a table, hawking his autograph and other garbage. Considered one of the greatest players of all time, always hustled, always ran out a ball, never took an at bat lightly. To this.

    Those who gamble, live in shambles. Lesson learned Pete. You had it all and basically threw it away on gambling. It's not even the money. Your reputation, your legacy, your character. All shot to hell.

  2. You would have to be one amazing Pete Rose fan to shell out $500 for "notorized copies" of his walking papers. More power to you Mr. Rose.

  3. At least he's working for a living instead of living on the taxpayers dime..

  4. It's quite a stretch to call what rose is doing "working". He is selling copies of papers to those either gullible or stupid enough to plunk down five Ben Franklins.

  5. Pete Rose taught us that hustling out every play with hard work not only can make a difference but can make us a champion, which is something that can never be confiscated by the self-appoint Judas of Cooperstown.

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  6. Sadly, Rose exemplifies the term "has been."

  7. TomD1228...

    Exactly. Well stated.
    What a waste...I remember watching Rose play on those Big Red Machine teams, and he was the straw that stirred the drink. One of the greatest players in baseball history.
    Anyone who doesn't think gambling can be an addictive brain disease ought to meet Pete or read up on Art Schlichter.

  8. Make no mistake -- Pete Rose has the arrogance and ego of a jock, he's a proven liar and cheater who stiffed bookmakers and revenuers much like a sleazy politician -- all-n-all a typical hard working blue-collar ignorant American -- an x-con who despite his legendary accomplishments, personal faults and social retributions seemingly can't make amends to those who never walked a step in his shoes -- and never could.

    Cooperstown isn't and never will be a cathedral for angels but more importantly can never be a viable historical representation of America's game when it shuns the very best who ever played -- and that's the real tragedy.

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  9. Pete Rose would sell his pubic hair if he thought he could make a buck off it.

  10. What a shame. Every time I go have lunch in Mandalay Place and see him sitting there in house shoes and sweat pants I feel bad. Then I remember I don't get to go to work in sweatpants. Crafty.

  11. funny thing is if any of you who hate on him knew him you would speak differently. So he made a mistake, what happen to second chances?? Has he not paid a HUGE price for it? Enough is enough, put him in the Hall as you will the current steroid cheaters but with an asterisks. Why not do the same for Pete?
    Glad he is not living like a mooch off the freebees the dems want to hand out, make what you can Pete, it`s the American way.

  12. I lived in Ohio during the heyday of "The Big Red Machine". There is no doubt that Rose was a huge part of those great teams. However, he never seemed to understand that arrogance and "class" were not the same thing. In other words, he was a jerk.

  13. The fall from grace for this sad sorry mess of a "man" is not over it seems. You would think that a "man" who was once considered an icon in baseball would have more self respect. Sad to see him sitting there....kind of reminds me of the last days of Joe Louis. He really should just shoot himself in the face with a wad of his own feces and be done with it! How does he look at himself in the mirror!! What does he see?

  14. I always thought betting on your team to win, like Pete did should be allowed in sports.

  15. No different than a panhandler who turns around and buys a bottle. Only Pete turns around and heads for the race and sports book and has something more to offer, in addition to his soul.

  16. People who never saw the big red machine obviously don't realize what a major part Pete Rose was to the team. So what he is selling copies of his walking papers, so what he is still the greatest baseball player that ever played the game because he played with heart. What about the drug users, alcohol abusers, women beaters, child molesters etc... that is in sports today, they get second chances. I LOVE YOU PETE!!! "Pete in the hall" <3