Pete Rose, the all-time Major League Baseball hit king who received a lifetime ban from the sport for betting on games he managed, just placed the first legal sports bet in Ohio state history on the Hard Rock Casino.
Buckeye State’s new sports betting law went into effect on January 1, though Governor Mike DeWine initially signed it into law in December 2021.
According to spectrum News 1, George Goldhoff, President of Ownership of Hard Rock Casino, said, “Ohioans are crazy about their sports, they really love their sports, and we think it’s going to be pretty popular.”
He added: “All the money that Ohioans were betting, whether it was in Michigan or Indiana, is going to stay here in the state and the taxpayers will benefit.”
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After placing the bet, Rose said, “I don’t know anything about odds. Go Reds! Go Bengalis!”
In August 1989, an investigation into Rose’s alleged gambling was completed.
Rose was found to have bet on baseball games and had specifically bet on at least 50 Reds games in 1987, at a minimum of $10,000 a day, according to Bleach Report.
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For nearly 20 years, Rose denied ever betting on the sport. In 2004, however, she finally revealed that he made bets.
Rose, a one-time MVP award winner, holds the MLB record for most career hits (4,256), which he accumulated during his 24-year major league career.
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Nicknamed “Charlie Hustle” for his fierce style of play, Rose spent the majority of his career (19 years) playing for the Reds, with stops along the way for the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos.
Rose also holds the all-time MLB records for games played (3,562), plate appearances (15,890), and at-bats (14,053).