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Pete Rose very 1st MLB hit...

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April 14, 1963

THE COMMERICAL APPEAL, Memphis, Tennessee, April 14, 1963 

* Pete Rose very 1st hit 
* Cincinnati Reds - MLB Baseball

This 60+ page newspaper has various baseball reports in the sport's section with a very small one column heading on page 2-A: "Pirates 12, Reds 4" with box scores which shows the name "Rose".  1st report coverage of the  game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds in which Pete Rose made his very first MLB hit.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout. Light browning, a little spine wear, otherwise good condition.

wikipedia notes: During a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox in 1963, the Reds' regular second baseman, Don Blasingame, pulled a groin muscle; Rose got his chance and made the most of it. During another spring training game against the New York Yankees, Whitey Ford gave him the derisive nickname "Charlie Hustle" after Rose sprinted to first base after drawing a walk. Despite (or perhaps because of) the manner in which Ford intended it, Rose adopted that nickname as a badge of honor. In Ken Burns' documentary Baseball, Mickey Mantle claimed that Ford gave Rose the nickname after Rose, playing in left field, made an effort to climb the fence to try to catch a Mantle home run that everyone could see was headed over everything.

Rose made the club, and made his major league debut on April 8, 1963 (Opening Day) against the Pittsburgh Pirates and drew a walk. After going 0-for-11, Rose got his first Major League hit on April 13, a triple off Pittsburgh's Bob Friend. He hit .273 for the year and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award, collecting 17 of 20 votes.

Category: The 20th Century

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