Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Cincinnati, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cincinnati Reds will induct legend Pete Rose into the team’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held from June 24 to 26.
Reds president and chief executive officer Bob Castellini and Reds Hall of Fame director Rick Walls held a press conference Tuesday morning to make the official announcement.
“Inducting Pete into the Reds Hall of Fame will be a defining moment in the 147-year history of this storied franchise,” Castellini said. “He is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Reds uniform and it will be an unforgettable experience watching him being honored as such.”
“Pete Rose’s on-field achievements and impact on the Reds and its fan base are unquestionable and worthy of induction into the Reds Hall of Fame,” Walls said.
“We look forward to this summer where, in front of his fans and with his teammates, ‘Charlie Hustle’ will be recognized for his contributions to the rich and distinguished history of the Reds,” he added.
Bypassing its usual voting process, Rose was selected by the Reds Hall of Fame Board of Directors as the only inductee for 2016. Rose will be the 86th player or executive inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame since its inception in 1958.
Rose spent the first 16 seasons of his major league career with the Reds, starting in 1963.
After stints with the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos , he returned to Cincinnati in 1984 to serve as a player-manager en route to becoming MLB’s all-time hit king.
In all, Rose hit .307 with a .379 on-base percentage, 152 home runs and 146 stolen bases across 19 seasons in Cincinnati. He also racked up more than 1,700 runs scored and 1,000 runs batted in.
Rose was eventually banned from baseball for betting on the sport.