It took years for Pete Rose to admit that he gambled on baseball games while manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
Rose denied betting on games while he played, but ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” said that it has found documents that that prove otherwise.
According to ESPN, “the documents are copies of pages from a notebook seized from the home of former Rose associate Michael Bertolini during a raid by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in October 1989, nearly two months after Rose was declared permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball. Their authenticity has been verified by two people who took part in the raid, which was part of a mail fraud investigation and unrelated to gambling. For 26 years, the notebook has remained under court-ordered seal and is currently stored in the National Archives’ New York office, where officials have declined requests to release it publicly.”
ESPN reported that Rose declined to comment on its new findings.
Rose, who is baseball’s all-time hit leader with 4,256, accepted a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball in 1989. However, Rose is appealing his banishment from the game, and Commissioner Rob Manfred has said that he will review Rose’s case.