On April 8, 1963, Peter Charles Rose took the field for the first time ever in a big-league baseball uniform for his beloved Cincinnati Reds. It was a true local boy makes good story. Rose was born April 14, 1941 in Cincinnati and the Reds, the future “Big Red Machine” of which he would serve as its spark-plug, were the only team he ever wanted to play for.
And play he did. En route to being named Rookie of the Year he also earned himself quite a reputation, some of it good, some not. He would race down the first base path on what veterans and fans saw as a sure out. He would slide head-first into bases to beat throws as a runner. “Charlie Hustle” they called this kid from Cincinnati. Many meant it as a compliment. He clearly was a winner with an unbridled passion for…
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