By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 9, 2024) – Today Fun with Maps visits the world of baseball – sadly, the story of a wilted rose.

Charlie Hustle

Pete Rose, a graduate of Western Hills High School, is the most famous home-grown baseball talent in the Cincinnati area.  Love him or hate him, he certainly was a very talented baseball player. 

His “Charlie Hustle” nickname was given to him in his rookie year spring training camp in 1963 having unnecessarily sprinted to first base on a “walk.” 

Pete holds the hit record in baseball (4256).  He was part of three World Series winning teams – twice as part of the Big Red Machine and once with Philadelphia.

He has statues erected in his honor; a street named after him.

But, as we know, Pete Rose also violated a commonsense Major League Baseball rule – betting on baseball games.  And for that, he was permanently banned on this day in 1991 from being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame where his on-field accomplishments would clearly place him.  He tried several times to have the ban lifted, but without success.

Time will tell if Pete shall have his place in the Hall of Fame eventually.  Pete is 82 currently.

Mitchell’s map of Cincinnati is presented here from 1872.  The wards are color-coded.

Cincinnati, OH – 1872 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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