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This Day In Sports History (August 8th) — Pete Rose

by: JamieD On  Thursday, August 8, 2013
Tags:  Jail   Pete Rose   Prison   Tax Evasion  

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It was on this day in 1990 that Pete Rose began serving his five month prison sentence at Marion (Ill.) Federal prison camp.

The MLB all-time hits leader pleaded guilty to two charges of tax evasion on April 20, 1990, after filing false income tax returns and not showing income he received from selling autographs and memorabilia, as well as his horse race winnings.  On July 19, Rose was fined $50,000 and sentenced to five months in a medium security prison camp.  He was released on January 7, 1991, after paying back $366,041 in taxes and interest.

Being jailed for tax evasion is just one of a few incidents that have placed a dark cloud of controversy over the life of Rose.  As many already know, he was banned from the game of baseball and its Hall of Fame after evidence surfaced that he had bet on games while managing the Cincinnati Reds.

Here is a look at Pete Rose’s popular on-field interview with Jim Gray.

Notable Birthdays

Rashard Lewis, NBA -Born on August 8, 1979 (age 34) in Pineville, Louisiana

Roger Federer, Tennis -Born on August 8, 1981 (age 32) in Bottmingen, Switzerland

Danilo Gallinari, NBA – Born on August 8, 1988 (age 25) in Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, Italy




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