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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Pete Rose banned from baseball for life
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Aug. 24, 1989

Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, is out -- of baseball. He accepts an agreement with Commissioner Bart Giamatti that permanently bans him from baseball, although he can apply for reinstatement after a year.

There is nothing in the five-page agreement that can be deemed either an admission or a denial by Rose of the allegation that he bet on major league games. However, at a news conference in New York announcing the Cincinnati Reds manager's "banishment for life," Giamatti makes it clear where he stands.

"In the absence of a hearing and therefore in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, I am confronted by the factual record of the Dowd report, and on the basis of that, yes, I have concluded that he bet on baseball," he says.

And on the Reds? "Yes," he says.

Rose, at his own news conference in Cincinnati, insists he never bet on baseball. Asked if he expected to be reinstated by the commissioner as soon as he is eligible, Rose replies, "Absolutely. Without a doubt."

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