Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notes: ESPN Says Rose Bet on Reds While Playing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notes: ESPN Says Rose Bet on Reds While Playing

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All of Pete Rose's impressive entries in baseball's record books highlighted by the major-league record for hits might ultimately mean nothing now that the contents of another record book have been made public.

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported Monday that a ledger confiscated in 1989 during the raid on a Rose associate's Ohio home confirmed that Rose had done what he long had denied bet on Cincinnati Reds games while he still was playing for them.

The network reviewed Michael Bertolini's notebook, a document that baseball investigators had fought unsuccessfully to obtain and which a court order had kept locked away. The documents showed Rose's wagers up to $5,500 on various sporting events, including Reds games.

According to ESPN, the bets Bertolini recorded were being channeled through New York mobsters. In 1989, baseball's Dowd Report, which led to the player's banishment from the game that year, stated that Rose then owed hundreds of thousands of dollars to gamblers.

"And that is a very powerful problem. The implications for baseball are terrible," said John Dowd, who headed baseball's investigation into Rose. "(The mob) had a mortgage on Pete while he was a player and manager."

The incriminating pages came from a notebook seized at Bertolini's home during a U.S. Postal Inspection Service raid in October 1989, nearly two months after Rose was declared permanently ineligible. Their authenticity, the network said, was verified by two people who took part in the raid. That action was part of a mail fraud investigation and unrelated to gambling.

Rose, now 74, has denied betting on games in which he played ever since news of his gambling troubles broke in 1989.

Dowd's investigators were told Rose had bet on the Reds from 1984 through 1986, his last season as a player. But they never found documentary verification. …

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