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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pete Rose Number 14 Retired, Temporarily

The Reds formally retired number 14 today but no one ho wasn't named Pete Rose wore the number since West High grad Don Zimmer wore it for the Reds in 1962.

Before Zimmer the number was worn by Tommy Harper, who was sent to the minor leagues.  Zimmer was acquired in a trade and wore it the rest of the season.  Before Harper it was Willie "Puddin Head" Jones.  Curt Flood wore the number from in 1957 before the Reds elected to trade him and keep Vada Pinson.

Bernie Stowe, the clubhouse manager, wouldn't allow anyone to wear it but Pete Rose Jr., who wore the number in 1997.  Since then no one has won the number.  Even Lou Piniella defered.  Piniella was number 14 throughout his career but when he came to the Reds, he was given a transposed version in number 41.

"I have to make a stipulation that when Pete Rose III plays for the Reds, he can wear it," Rose said.

Rose's number joins Fred Hutchinson's number 1, Johnny Bench 5, Frank Robinson 20, Joe Morgan 8, Ted Kluzewski 18, Tony Perez 24, Sparky Anderson 10, Dave Concepcion 13 and Barry Larkin 11.  Also the universal number retired is 42 belonging to Jackie Robinson.

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