Many great players have participated in the All Star Game over the years since it’s inauguration in 1933. And many great games have been played. But, as the 88th All-Star Game approaches this evening, we can all remember a particular infamous game played by one of the greatest in history – Pete Rose.
Taking it back to the 1970 All Star Game at Riverfront Stadium, Rose definitely made a name for himself. During the game, as players took each play more and more seriously, Rose was involved in one of the most infamous plays in All-Star Game history. Coming from second base during a play, Rose barreled over catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run and in doing so, caused a great collision between the two players. The crash caused Rose to miss three games with a bruised knee and Fosse to suffer a fractured shoulder.
This hit would be watched, replayed, and remembered by many for years to come. Even today, we still show the below video at baseball games as the All Star Game gets closer.
Coming into Major League Baseball in 1963 with the Cincinnati Reds, Rose made his major league debut on April 8th, Opening Day, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He quickly gained fame in the league and his own nickname, “Charlie Hustle”. In 2016, Rose was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
Rose even spent some time in Philadelphia. As the Philadelphia Phillies’ first baseman, Rose helped Philadelphia earn three division titles, two World Series appearances and our first ever World Series title in 1980. At the end of his baseball career he became the all-time MLB leader in hits, games played, at-bats, singles, and outs in history.
To celebrate the great career of Pete Rose, there will be The 4th Annual Philly Sports Roast, an annual tradition you do not want to miss this year. On Thursday, August 10th comedians from all around will gather for jokes, laughs, and an all-around good time, all focused on Pete Rose and his life. The event will feature such comedians as Joe Matarese, Jay Black, Eleanor Kerrigan, Steve Hofstetter, Pat Barker, and Joe Conklin.
So grab your friends and family for an evening of delicious food, unlimited drinks, and night full of laughs at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building. There’s sure to be some hits on Rose about the 1970 All Star Game.
This event benefits the Philadelphia Coaches vs. Cancer. For more information please click HERE.