Quite simply, Rose is the most prolific signer in the history of baseball. More than the great Babe Ruth and more than the incredibly active Bob Feller during the boom of the hobby, Rose has signed more autographs than anyone. Beyond the countless public appearances at shows and private signings with dealers, Rose has become a fixture in Las Vegas inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Early in his career, Rose had a simplistic-looking autograph, but his autograph slowly evolved into the distinctive signature collectors are accustomed to seeing today. From the 1970s onward, while the sizing of his letters has fluctuated, Rose maintained this often-seen signature style. During the height of the "Big Red Machine," Rose did use a clubhouse attendant to help meet demand. While he has experienced his share of controversy, Rose remains one of the most accommodating signers you could ever encounter, often willing to inscribe virtually anything requested by the customer.
Peter Edward Rose (April 14, 1941-) is the arguably the greatest player who ever played the game but is omitted from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1963, Pete Rose broke into the National League with 170 hits, 25 doubles, 41 RBI and a .273 batting average en route to the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Rose’s passion for the game was abundantly clear by the work ethic and intensity he brought to each and every contest, earning him the name “Charlie Hustle” and remembered as much for his head first slides as for his mop-top look. Rose was a 17-time All-Star selection, led the National League seven times in hits and plate appearances, three times in batting average and five times in doubles. Pete Rose was a member of the famed Big Red Machine that won back-to-back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976, and produced three Hall of Famers (Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez). Rose added another World Series title as a member of the Phillies in 1980. Pete Rose played for the Cincinnati Reds (1963-1978, 1984-1986), the Philadelphia Phillies (1979-1983) and the Montreal Expos (1984). Rose was a perennial Most Valuable Player candidate, finishing in the top 25 in voting 15 times in his career, winning the 1973 NL MVP after batting .338 with 230 hits in 680 at-bats. Pete Rose retired as the all-time Major League leader in games played (3,562), plate appearances (15,861), at-bats (14,053) and hits (4,256) adding 2,165 runs, 160 home runs, 1,314 RBI, 198 stolen bases and a career .303 batting average over 24 years. Three years after Rose retired, he agreed to permanent ineligibility from baseball due to allegedly gambling on baseball when he was a Cincinnati Red player and manager, including allegations that he wagered on his own team. Pete Rose remains on the ineligibility list despite numerous appeals.
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