Cincinnati Reds to induct Pete Rose into team’s hall of fame

Pete Rose
Former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose pumps his fist during a lecture on ethics in sport on the campus of Miami University, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Oxford, Ohio. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Pete Rose is headed into the team hall of fame in his hometown, the Cincinnati Reds said Tuesday.

The Reds’ announcement came after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred last month rejected Rose’s application for reinstatement. Manfred concluded that baseball’s career hits leader continued to gamble even while seeking to end the lifetime ban imposed in 1989 for betting on numerous Reds games while playing for and managing the team.

The Reds’ team hall of fame induction is planned for the weekend of June 24-26 in the 74-year-old longtime Reds’ hometown.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991 adopted a rule keeping anyone on the permanently ineligible list off the ballot. Rose said after Manfred’s decision that he still held out hope he would one day be inducted into the national hall.

Reds’ chief executive Bob Castellini said in a statement that inducting Rose into the Reds’ hall will be “a defining moment” in franchise history.

“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,” he said.

The club’s hall of fame board chose Rose as the sole inductee for this year. Ken Griffey Jr., who will be inducted into the national Hall of Fame this summer, was among the latest inductees to the Reds’ hall, which has 85 members.

It already has much of the 1975-76 “Big Red Machine” world champion team including the late manager Sparky Anderson. Rose will be the last inductee from the starting eight of Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, David Concepcion, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo and Ken Griffey Sr.

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