Pete Rose

Pete Rose

United States

Pete Rose consistently batted over .300 and was an important component of the "Big Red Machine", the Cincinnati Reds teams that dominated the National League in the 1970s. During this time, Rose played on four league champions and two World Series winners. In 1975, Pete was named the World Series Most Valuable Player, Sports Illustrated "Sportsman of the Year" and The Sporting News "Man of the Year."

He holds the major league records for games (3562), at bats (14053), hits (4256), and singles (3215). He also has the most RBI of any player without a season of 100 or more (1314, with a career-high of 82 in 1969). He is the only player in major league history to play at least 500 games at five separate positions (1B, 2B, 3B, LF and RF), winning Gold Glove Awards for his outfield play in 1969 and 1970. Rose was the first player to have ten seasons of 200 or more hits. Ichiro Suzuki later matched the feat. When he broke Ty Cobb's career record for hits, onSeptember 11, 1985 against Eric Show of the San Diego Padres, it was considered one of the great moments in baseball history, receiving coast-to-coast coverage on major news programs.