Living Life by the Numbers

For 26 seasons, no one has been depressed to know that there was a baseball player who lived his life according to the numbers, who kept statistics in so many categories that he seemed to be a portrait of a ballplayer painted by the numbers. On the contrary, the calculations of Pete Rose have been central to his charm. Who else remembers ordering room service in 1963, and that it was $12.75?

On the last day of Rose's first season, the great Stan Musial squirted a final pair of singles, one to each side of Cincinnati's rookie second baseman, and retired....

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