Pete Rose and the Mob

April 12, 2017

Pete Rose gambled on his own team and with mob connected bookies, here are a few details.

The Dowd Report is a 252-page report included testimony that Rose bet $2,000 on the Reds in every one of the 52 games over a two-month period in 1987, winning 29 times. Also detailed were baseball bets in 1985 and 1986. The report did not accuse Rose of betting against his team. If you want to download this report click here.

Among the most damaging evidence in the Dowd report:

– A taped conversation between Bertolini (Rose’s partner in Hit King Marketing Inc., which represents autograph and memorabilia shows), and Janszen (who says he placed thousands of dollars in baseball bets for Rose. In the conversations, Bertolini acknowledges Rose’s enormous indebtedness to New York bookmakers, and says he (Bertolini) is “the only proof of Rose’s betting” and he would “die” before he told on Rose. When confronted with this tape, Rose said Bertolini was lying.

– Janszen alleged that he went to Rose’s attorney, Reuven Katz, in 1988, seeking payment of debts from Rose, and told Katz that Rose had bet on baseball.

Pete Rose

– Dowd’s possession of purported betting sheets, obtained, according to Janszen, from Rose’s home, which contain baseball and basketball gambling activity, with a “W” or “L” next to each team. Included on the sheets were the dates April 10 and 11, 1987. Next to the dates, the Cincinnati Reds were designated with a “W.” The Reds beat San Diego on both those dates. A handwriting expert claims that Rose was the author of the hand-printed and numerical entries on the sheets.

– The statement of Franklin, Ohio, bookmaker Ronald Peters that Rose won $27,000 in May 1987, and $40,000 in June 1987, on baseball bets including games of the Reds. Peters also stated that he refused to pay Rose because Rose owed him $34,000 from previous wagers.

Despite the legal maneuvering of Rose’s attorneys, the judicial walls began closing in last week. On Aug. 17, a federal appeals court denied Rose’s attempt to move his suit against Giamatti back to Ohio State Court. The move broke a six-week logjam in the case.

Today, Rose is 73  and still fighting to get reinstated into baseball. Following years of denying the accusations of his gambling on games he participated in, he finally came clean and admitted to betting on the Reds while managing them (1984-1989) in his 2004 autobiography entitled ‘My Prison Without Bars.’


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