Today in Sports History: July 24

In 1977, Cincinnati Reds first baseman, Pete Rose, passed legendary baseball player, Frankie Frisch, as the switch-hit leader with 2,881 switch-hits. 

From 1963 until 1978 Rose played with the Reds before getting traded to Philadelphia and played with the Phillies from 1979 until 1983, where he was then traded back to the Reds in 1984 and played until he retired in 1986. 

Throughout his 24-year playing career, he played a total of 3,562 games and had a total of 14,053 At-Bats, 4,256 Hits, and 2,165 Runs. He also had a total of 160 Home Runs and 198 Stolen Bases. His batting average was .303 and his on-base plus slugging percentage was .784. 

He was named the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year in 1963 for his outstanding first year playing professionally.

Rose won the World Series Championship twice with the Cincinnati Reds in 1975 and 1976 and once with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980. He was named the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1975. 

He was a 17-time NL All-Star and won the NL Most Valuable Player in 1973. He also won the Reds Ernie Lombardi MVP Award in 1966, 1968, 1969, 1973, and 1978. 

He won The Hutch Award in 1968 for his competitive spirit and fight like the legendary baseball player, Fred Hutchinson, and the Lou Gehrig Award in 1969 for his outstanding performance and character both, on and off the field. He also won the Rawlings NL Gold Glove in 1969 and 1970. 

He was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of Year in 1975 and won the Roberto Clemente Award in 1976 for his excellent sportsmanship on and off the field. He also won the NL Silver Slugger in 1981 for the best offensive player in his position. 

Post-playing career, Rose took on the managerial position for the Reds from 1984 until 1989. He had a bad gambling addiction and was banned from betting on the Reds games as the manager in the 1980s.  

Rose joined forces with Fox Sports as a color analyst in 2015 but was fired in 2017 for a statutory rape accusation. He had also appeared as a WWE WrestleMania guest ring announcer in the late 90s and early 2000s. 

Unfortunately, he did not make it on the ballot to join other players in Cooperstown at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Due to his banishment from the sport and horrible gambling addictions, Rose did not receive a chance to get voted in or not. 

Once retired from the Reds in 1986, his jersey number, 14, was retired in 2016 with the Reds.

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