By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 14, 2021) – In Issue 2021-71 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we dive head first into the birthday of a Baseball Icon!

Pete Rose patented head first slide. (File image)

Charlie Hustle

He was raised on the west side of town.  He attended Western Hills High School where he played baseball and some football.  Then, over the years his skills matured, and he emerged as one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

He is celebrating his 80th birthday today.  He is Peter Edward Rose, Sr.

Pete Rose’s career as a player in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 23 years, starting in 1963, mostly with his hometown Reds.  He was a key member of the Big Red Machine.    He is the Hit King with 4,256 hits, the most in MLB.  Pete was voted as MLB’s Most Valuable Player, and also received two Golden Gloves. 

Pete is indeed Charlie Hustle with his determination, skills, and his signature head-first slides.  He is much loved by his Cincinnati fan base to this day.

Here is Cram’s map of the Queen City from 1896.

Map of Cincinnati from 1896 (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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