Sport: The Sad Ordeal of Mr. Baseball

Pete Rose faces gambling charges -- and a threatened legacy

Baseball and Pete Rose, once thought to be inseparable institutions, teetered last week on the edge of an almost unbearable sadness. Several Cincinnati-area bookmakers allege that Rose has been betting on baseball games. If Rose is found to have gambled on baseball, he can expect a year's suspension as Reds manager. If he bet on Cincinnati games, Rose could be shunned for life by the sport he personifies, jeopardizing everything he has accomplished, even the place in baseball's Hall of Fame that awaits him in 1992.

The first alarm bell rang in February, when Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and National League...

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