Rose hits #1 and #4,000

On April 13, 1963, Cincinnati Reds slugger, Pete Rose tripled for his first hit as a Major League Baseball player and exactly 21 years later he hit number 4,000 as a Montreal Expo.

Rose’s first hit came in the seventh inning off of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bob Friend. The Reds lost 12-4. 

Rose helped the Expos claim a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies when he claimed his 4,000th hit off of Jerry Koosman in the fourth.

Rose was named 1963 Rookie of the year and accumulated 4,256 hits by the time he retired. The 17-time all-star and 1973 most valuable player.

Despite being the all-time hit leader, Rose received a lifetime ban from the game after a 1989 Sports Illustrated article displaying allegations of him betting on baseball.  The ban came with no formal evidence of the allegations and has been upheld, even after an appeal to the new commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred.

The Cincinnati Reds found it in their hearts to give Rose his rightful spot in their own Hall of Fame and retire his number, 14, in June. The Reds also announced plans to erect a statue of the player who could be the greatest to ever wear the team’s jersey but details have not been released.

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