Case Closed? New Evidence Surfaces That Pete Rose Bet On Baseball As a Player
Pete Rose has maintained that he never bet on baseball while he was a player since he retired from his active days in 1986. New documents, obtained by ESPN's "Outside The Lines" are proving otherwise.
According to handwritten journal entries that were obtained of suspected New York mob bookie Michael Bertolini, both Bertolini and Rose were wagering on the Reds, at least from March through July 1986, with Rose betting on at least one MLB team on 30 different days.
John Dowd, a former federal prosecutor who led the original investigation of Rose was quoted by ESPN columnists William Weinbaum and T.J. Quinn as saying, "The implications for baseball are terrible. [The mob] had a mortgage on Pete while he was a player and manager."