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I am a freelance writer. I've covered the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and others since 1992. I have a background in sales as well. I've sold consumer electronics, advertising and consumer package goods for companies ranging from the now defunct Circuit City to Procter&Gamble. I have worked as a stats operator for Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joe and Colerain High School.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Pete Rose Credits Cincinnati Knothole Program For Major League Players

Pete Rose had a busy weekend. He was reunited with his 1976 team in a 40-year reunion on Friday.  Rose was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame on Saturday.  He had his number 14 retired on Sunday.

Rose was known for his max effort baseball epitomized by his head first slide that put his body at risk everyday.

With more hits than anyone who ever played in the Major Leagues, Rose got the most out of average ability.  He didn't have a particularly strong arm but he had 99 outfield assists with 37 coming in 1968.  He wasn't blessed with great speed but would take the extra base at any opportunity.  He stole 20 bases at the age of 38 in 1979.

"I grew up in Sedamsville on the west side by the Ohio River," Rose said.  "I lived within three miles of Don Zimmer and Eddie Brinkman (all attended Western Hills High School).  We all made the major league. We all played hard.  We all played knothole baseball.  Was it knothole baseball that taught us to play hard.  Buddy Bell, Barry Larkin and Billy Doran were all kick ass players, who played hard.  We had great coaches and they taught us to play hard and win."

Rose was a catcher in knothole.

Rose didn't even mention Ken Griffey Jr., who is going into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer in Cooperstown .  He didn't mention Jim Frey, who didn't play in the Major Leagues but was the batting coach for the 1970 Baltimore Orioles that defeated Rose's Reds in the World Series.  He later managed the Kansas City Royals to the 1980 World Series and later managed to the Chicago Cubs to its first postseason appearance since 1945.

West High Grads That Played in the Major Leagues

 Player  Team That Brought Them to Majors

Chuck Brinkman Chicago White Sox
Ed Brinkman Washington Senators
Dick Drott Chicago Cubs
Rickey Keeton Milwaukee Brewers
Art Mahaffey Philadelphia Phillies
Russ Nixon Cleveland Indians
Karl Rhodes Houston Astros
Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds
Clyde Vollmer Cincinnati Reds
Herm Wehmeier Cincinnati Reds
Don Zimmer Brooklyn Dodgers

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