No matter what you think of Pete Rose, you can't deny what an electric moment it was on September 11th, 1985, when Rose became baseball's all-time major league hit leader -- a record that still stands today.
And yet, the debate over whether his cardinal sin -- gambling on baseball -- should keep him out of the Hall of Fame for life remains as fierce as ever, as correspondent Lee Cowan explains in a profile of Rose, to be aired on CBS' "Sunday Morning" October 19.
Rose had not only bet on baseball, but he bet on his own team, while he was managing (never to lose, he says, always to win).
Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti first exiled Rose as punishment for gambling. His successors, Fay Vincent and Bud Selig, later upheld Rose's banishment.
"He was such a great ballplayer, and he cared about the game, but he cared about the money even more," Vincent told CBS News' Cowan.
Pete Rose and the Hall of Fame
Should the former star ballplayer be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame despite being banned for life for betting on games?
Gambling had been the third rail of baseball ever since the Chicago White Sox threw the World Series in 1919. "There's something about redemption that is important to Americans," said Vincent. "We believe in it. We believe in confession and redemption.
"Baseball does not."
When asked by Cowan if he feels he will ever get into the Hall of Fame, Rose said yes.
"I don't know if I'm going to live to see it," Rose said. "Someone, at some period of time, will feel it in their heart to give me a second chance. I might be six feet under, but that's what you have to live with."
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