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Pete Rose to Appear at Hall of Fame Inductions Despite Ban

As Cooperstown gets ready for a stellar induction class, one of the game's biggest names is in town but he will have to watch from a distance.
As Cooperstown gets ready for a stellar induction class, one of the game's biggest names is in town but he will have to watch from a distance.

The Baseball Hall of Fame here in Cooperstown is gearing up for one of its biggest Induction weekend's ever.

You have three marquise managers, highlighted by Yankees Manager Joe Torre. You have a pair of 300 game winners in Greg Madduz and Tom Glavine and a 500+ homerun hitter in Frank Thomas.

But just a hundred yards down from here is a guy who may never see the Hall of Fame, Pete Rose, signing autographs, like he does every summer here for a fee, wondering if that day will ever come.

"We come up here because it's fun, we come up here because a lot of other guys come up here, that are not in the Hall of Fame," said Rose. "If I'm ever bestowed that honor, I'll be the happiest guy in the world. I gotta figure this way, something that's as important as a hundred yards down the street, it's gotta be worth waiting for. I'm the one that messed that up, so I can't sit on your show and whine about it."

As long as Pete Rose is banished from Major League Baseball, he is ineligible to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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