Pete Rose was born on April 14, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Known as “Charlie Hustle” for his hard-charging style, he became one of the greatest players in the history of professional baseball and retired as the all-time leader in hits, games and at-bats.
Rose made his major league debut in 1963 and went on to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. In the ensuing years, the switch-hitter would establish himself as one of the best players in baseball. Rose surpassed 200 hits for the first of a record 10 times in 1965, notched batting titles in 1968 and ’69, and won Gold Gloves for his outfield defense in ’69 and ’70.
Rose also rubbed some the wrong way with his intensity. He separated Cleveland Indians catcher Ray Fosse’s shoulder in a home-plate collision during the 1973 All-Star game, and sparked a brawl with his hard slide into Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson during the 1973 playoffs. But there was no denying his greatness—that same season, Rose won his third batting title and was named the NL Most Valuable Player.
Rose starred for the “Big Red Machine” Cincinnati teams that won back-to-back World Series championships in 1975 and ’76, and set an NL record with a 44-game hit streak in 1978. Traded to the Philadelphia Phillies after that season, he helped them win their first World Series in franchise history in 1980.
Rose spent half of a season with the Montreal Expos in 1984, then returned to Cincinnati as player-manager. On September 11, 1985, he recorded career hit No. 4,192 to break the 57-year-old record held by baseball great Ty Cobb. Rose ended his playing career after the 1986 season with 4,256 total hits, and also held the all-time records with 3,562 games played and 14,053 at-bats.