Pete Rose surpassed 200 hits as a player for a record ten times during his playing career. Although mostly regarded for his batting achievements he also won the gold glove in the 1969 and 1970 season. Along with winning of the batting titles in 1968 and 1969 Rose also one a third batting title in 1973 when he was also named the National League MVP. Along with this he won back to back World Series championships in 1975 and 1976. Pete Rose retired the all time leader in hits, games played, and at-bats.
Perhaps no player in baseball is surrounded by more controversy than Pete Rose. While serving as a coach, it became evident that Rose was betting on baseball. When evidence was uncovered on August 23, 1989, that he was betting on games while also serving as a manager, Rose was banned for life from the sport of baseball. As a result, Pete Rose has not been inducted in the baseball Hall of fame in Cooperstown despite his on-field performance. While nearly all baseball professionals and fans acknowledge that Pete Rose is among the greatest players of the century, recent revelations about his gambling habits have convinced most that his character flaws should keep him from Cooperstown. At the same time, many Reds fans point to character flaws in current inductees and hope that Rose might someday be inducted into the Hall of Fame.