CINCINNATI -- For the right price, Pete Rose is willing to
write on a baseball that he's sorry.
The hits king unveiled his latest marketing venture Wednesday on
his Web site. For $299, plus $4.99 shipping and handling, fans can
order a baseball inscribed "I'm sorry I bet on baseball" along
with Rose's autograph.
The offering came two days after an auction house confirmed that
30 baseballs inscribed the same way would be available for bid next
"Now you can get the baseball collectible everyone's talking
about -- Pete Rose's personal apology for betting on baseball, newly
inscribed on an actual baseball -- at a fantastic price," the Web
Rose's business agent, Warren Greene, didn't return a phone call
to discuss the hit king's change of heart.
On Monday, Greene told The Associated Press that Rose had
inscribed baseballs with the apology for some of his collector
friends about a year ago. Greene said that Rose never intended for
the balls to be sold publicly.
One of the collectors gave 30 of the balls to a friend, Barry Halper, according to Greene. Halper, a limited partner in the New York Yankees, died last December, and his family is selling his sports memorabilia through Robert Edward Auctions. The collection includes the 30 apology baseballs.
The New York Daily News first reported the auction on Monday.
Greene later told the AP that if some of the balls were going to
be made available at auction, Rose might consider signing more of
Field of Dreams stores also are selling the baseballs at stores
nationwide. Rose also offered to inscribe "I'm sorry" on
baseballs during his autograph appearances at Caesars Palace in Las
Rose accepted a lifetime ban for gambling in 1989, but denied
for nearly 15 years that he bet on baseball. He finally
acknowledged in his latest autobiography, published in January
2004, that he made baseball wagers while he managed the Cincinnati