Pete Rose: Big Time
In 1960, three years before Pete Rose became
a rookie for the Cincinnati Reds, he filled out
a questionnaire that a baseball statistician sent
to Minor Leaguers. The questionnaire asked the
usual questions: name, date of birth, etc., but
also left a space for "Ambition In Baseball."
Most players wrote "to play in the Major Leagues," but not Pete Rose, baseball's future
all-time hits leader. He wrote "Big Time."
This document shows the fire and confidence that
Pete Rose had three years before setting out on
the odyssey to become baseball's hit king.
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|This is a letter from Bob Friend, the pitcher
who gave up the first hit to Rose.