This Day In Sports History (July 27th) – Pete Rose

It was on this day in 1984 that Pete Rose collected his 3,053rd career single, passing Ty Cobb for the all-time record.  Rose recorded the hit off of future hall of famer Steve Carlton while playing for the Montreal Expos.

After spending the 1983 season with the Philadelphia Phillies, Rose was granted his unconditional release in October of that year.  Philadelphia wanted to retain Pete for the 1984 season, but in a limited role.  Rose was not interested in accepting a limited role, as he felt he was still a productive player.  A few months later he signed a one-year contract to play for the Montreal Expos.

In his ninth game as an Expo, and on the 21st anniversary of his very first hit, Pete Rose would collect his 4000th career hit.  Rose joined Ty Cobb as the only members of the 4000 hit club.  And the next season, while back with Cincinnati, he would break Cobb’s all-time total career hits record.

Here are some highlights from Pete Rose’s career.

Notable Birthdays

Craig Wolanin, NHL – Born July 27, 1967 (age 45) in Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Alex Rodriguez, MLB – Born July 27, 1975 (age 37) in New York City, New York

Shea Hillenbrand, MLB – Born July 27, 1875 (age 37) in Mesa, Arizona