Sport: The Darkening Cloud over Pete Rose

Baseball's gambling probe of Rose moved toward a grim finale

The excruciating saga of Pete Rose and gambling seemed to be coming to a shuddering finish last week. A common-pleas judge in Cincinnati was pondering whether to issue a temporary restraining order -- and perhaps turn the Rose investigation over to the courts -- or leave Rose to face Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti and the music early this week. After four months of husky whispers, the worst charges imagined were spoken aloud at last. Giamatti's special investigator, John Dowd, asserted in court that he has found nine witnesses and enough corroborating evidence to prove that Rose committed baseball's capital crime:...

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