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There are those who say Pete Rose killed Bart Giamatti. That's putting it strongly, but it seems inescapable that with Giamatti's romantic and idealistic view of the game and Pete Rose's earthy hustle and his gambling problems, which eventually seeped into his professional life, the two men were bound to clash. Both suffered.

It's been a while since I read Collision at Home Plate and I wish now I had written down some comments about it at the time. There is a lot of detail in this joint biography of two extraordinary people whose lives and values differed so dramatically in the late 1980s when Bart Giamatti as commissioner banned Pete Rose from baseball for betting on the game. The investigation, the ensuing legal hearing and challenges, and the necessity as Giamatti saw it of chastising this superb player, foiling his hopes of being in the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2004 Pete Rose admitted he had bet on the Reds when he was playing and managing the team, but insists he never bet against them.

Betting on baseball and throwing games to benefit the gamblers is baseball's original sin. The Black Sox scandal of 1919, handled by the first baseball commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, banned seven players from the game and strengthened rules against any betting whatever by players. Giamatti was sensitive to this episode and saw his role as commissioner as the keeper of baseball ethics. He was deeply disturbed by the Pete Rose episode and died of a heart attack only a few days after the end of the dispute.

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  • Publisher:University of Nebraska Press
  • File: 6.5 Mb
  • Ganre: Sports And Games
  • Release: 01.02.1997
  • ISBN: 9780803289642
  • Pages 344
  • Rating: 4.58 (26 votes)

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