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Pete Rose: An American Dilemma

By Paul Hagen /

kennedy-peteroseIn Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, Kostya Kennedy authors a damning profile of baseball’s exiled Hit King. He crafts an exquisitely detailed portrait of a crude, self-absorbed, money-obsessed, low life who shamed the game and whose mandated exclusion from the Hall of Fame is more than justified.

At the same time, with the precision of a top-notch defense attorney, he builds an artful case for why Rose should join baseball’s immortals in Cooperstown. In this rendering, he is a winner whose presence lifted his teammates. A what-you-see-is-what-you-get product of his environment whose sin — betting on his own team to win — is no worse than steroid cheats and whose punishment — being placed on the permanently ineligible list — far exceeds that given to those who have violated gambling rules in other sports.

Make no mistake, this is an exhaustively-researched book-length examination of whether or not the player with more base hits than any player in history should be enshrined among the best who ever lived. It’s an argument that, even a quarter of a century after then-commissioner Bart Giamatti banished him for life, still raises hackles on both sides of the issue.

Both depictions are utterly convincing, and that’s where the dilemma that the title refers to comes in. Should Rose be in the Hall of Fame or not? Spoiler alert: Kennedy ultimately offers no opinion. He lays out the facts and lets the reader decide. (more…)

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