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Charlie Hustle : the rise and fall of Pete Rose, and the last glory days of baseball  Cover Image Book Book

Charlie Hustle : the rise and fall of Pete Rose, and the last glory days of baseball / Keith O'Brien.


"Pete Rose is a legend. A baseball god. He had compiled more hits than anyone in the history of baseball, a record he set decades ago, which still stands. At the same time, he was a working-class white guy from Cincinnati who made it; less talented than tough, and rough around the edges. He was everything that America wanted and needed him to be, the American dream personified, until he wasn't. In the 1980s Pete Rose came to be at the center of the biggest scandal in baseball history. Baseball no longer needed Pete Rose, and he was magnificently, publicly cast out for betting on baseball and lying about it. The revelations that followed ruined Pete, changed life in Cincinnati, and forever altered the game. Charlie Hustle tells the full story of one of America's most epic tragedies, the rise and fall of Pete Rose, one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Drawing on first-hand interviews with Pete himself, his associates, as well as on investigators, FBI and court records, archives, a mountain of press coverage, Keith O'Brien chronicles how Pete fell so far from being America's "great white hope." It is Rose as we've never seen before. This is no ordinary sport biography, but cultural history at its finest. What O'Brien shows is that while Pete Rose didn't change, America and baseball did. This is the story of that change." -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593317372
  • ISBN: 0593317378
  • Physical Description: 440 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : black and white photographs and plates ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2024]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index (pages 419-440).
Formatted Contents Note:
Rise -- Shine -- Fame -- Fall -- Wreckage.
Subject: Rose, Pete, 1941-
Cincinnati Reds (Baseball team) > History.
Baseball players > United States > Biography.
Sports betting > United States.
Genre: Biographies.
Informational works.

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  • 9 of 18 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 796.357 O'BRIEN 2024 (Text) 0001012544677 Nonfiction New Available -

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