This Day In Sports History (September 11th) — Pete Rose

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It was on this day in 1985 that Pete Rose recorded the 4,192nd hit of his Major League career, passing Ty Cobb for the all-time lead.

One night after going hitless, Rose would get his record-breaking hit, as he recorded a single to left-center-field off San Diego pitcher Eric Snow in his first at bat of the game.  But while many look to this as the moment that Rose earned the all-time hits record, recent research has found that the real record-breaking hit may have come a few days earlier, when Rose recorded his 4,190th hit on September 8th, as it has since been discovered that two of Ty Cobb’s hits may have counted twice—thus, dropping his actual hit total to 4,189.

Rose went on to record 64 more hits before retiring at the end of the season, bringing his all-time record to 4,256 hits.  That record still stands to this day.

Notable Birthdays

Jacoby Ellsbury, MLB – Born on September 11, 1983 (age 30) in Madras, Oregon

Ed Reed, NFL – Born on September 11, 1978 (age 35) in St. Rose, Louisiana

Tom Landry, NFL – Born on September 11, 1924 in Mission, Texas

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