Sport: For Pete's Sake, He Cried

Rose confirms Cobb's place in heaven and his own on earth

When Pete Rose finally overtook Ty Cobb, emotion at last overcame Rose. For several minutes after a back pounding from teammates, opponents and even the umpires, he was left alone at first base. Then the base itself was removed, confiscated for posterity, and he was lost. "That's the first time I was ever on a baseball field," Rose thought later, "when I didn't know what to do." He "was doing all right," as he put it, "until I looked up and started thinking of my family." Particularly his father, who died in 1970. "I saw him up there, and right behind...

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