Pete Rose played baseball with a singular and headfirst abandon that endeared him to fans and peers, even as it riled others--a figure at once magnetic, beloved and polarizing. Rose has more base hits than anyone in history, yet he is not in the Hall of Fame. Twenty-five years ago he was banished from baseball for gambling, then ruled ineligible for Cooperstown; today, the question "Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame?" has evolved into perhaps the most provocative in sports, a layered, slippery and ever-relevant moral conundrum.
How do we evaluate the Hit King now, at a time when steroid cheats appear on the Hall of Fame ballot even as Rose is denied? What do we make of this happily unrepentant gambler, this shameless but beguiling showman whose post-baseball journey has led him to a curious reality show and to the streets of Cooperstown to hawk his signature, his story, himself?
Best-selling author Kostya Kennedy delivers an evocative answer in his fascinating re-examination of Pete Rose's life; from his cocky and charismatic early years through his storied playing career to his bitter war against baseball's hierarchy to the man we find today--still incorrigible, still adored by many. Where has his improbable saga landed him in the redefined, post-steroid world? Do we feel any differently about Pete Rose today? Should we?
"Kennedy's book on the tarnished and enigmatic Rose is exceptional. Like the best writing about sport--Liebling, Angell--it qualifies as stirring literature. I'd read Kennedy no matter what he writes about." (Richard Ford)
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Good book, not so good production.
- david d.
Worst narrator ever
The story's was excellent and appeared to be very well researched giving us a good insight into Pete Rose. Very compelling read.
The narrator was horrible. The story was great. The delivery was maddening, scores of mispronounced names. This is unacceptable. He couldn't even pronounce the name of the current commissioner of baseball correctly. Bud Sell'-ig. What a joke.
This greatly detracted from the story. Where did they find this guy? The worst I have ever heard.
Anger, due to the horrible delivery
Don't ever use this narrator again. He either doesn't care to take his job seriously or those who should have been checking on him should be fired. I wish I had read this great book instead of fuming over the presentation.