This Day In Sports History (August 13th) — Michael Phelps
This Day In Sports History (August 14th) — Pete Rose
It was on this day in 1982 that Pete Rose recorded his 12,365 at-bat in the MLB. That would move him past Hank Aaron and into first place on the league’s all-time at-bats list.
Rose took a total of 20 years to reach the mark that Hank Aaron set during his 23-year career. He became the MLB’s new at-bats leader as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, and he would go on to play another year with the Phils, a season with the Montreal Expos, and another two seasons as the player/manager of the Cincinnati Reds, before ending his career with 41,053 at-bats, which still stands as the record today.
In addition to being the MLB’s all-time at-bats leader, Rose also holds the record for most hits, most singles and most games played. While that would usually be enough to book one a spot in the Hall of Fame, Rose’s entrance into Cooperstown has been forbidden following claims that he bet on games while managing the Reds, including games in which his own team was playing in.
Here is a look at Pete Rose’s career.
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