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This Day in Baseball History: April 13, 1984

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On this day in baseball history, 32 years ago in 1984, Pete Rose cemented his place in history by joining the 4,000 hits club as a member of the Montreal Expos with a double off of Philadelphia Phillies starter Jerry Koosman.

Rose came into the game with 3,999 career hits, looking to join Ty Cobb as the only two hitters in baseball history with 4,000+ hits.

After getting robbed on his previous at-bat by reaching on an error, Rose came up with a runner on first base. He took a pitch from Koosman down the right field line for a double for hit number 4,000. Unfortunately for Rose, he would not drive the runner in and this would be his only hit on the day.

He would go on to become the all-time hits leader with 4,256, 67 more than Cobb.

Rose’s validity would be challenged, however, when he was found to be guilty on betting on baseball as a player and was banned from baseball for life. He made a brief appearance at the 2015 All-Star game, but is still attempting to be reinstated today, in order to make his case for his place in Cooperstown.

 

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