Charlie Hustle had his sights set on Ty Cobb for years . . . and finally passed him.
On Sept. 11, 1985, Pete Rose singled to left-center field off the San Diego Padres' Eric Show to become the majors' all-time Hit King with 4,192. And then the celebration for the Cincinnati Reds icon began at Riverfront Stadium.
Rose, who retired after the 1986 season (his third as player/manager of the Reds), still ranks first on the majors' all-time hit list with 4,256.
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The 1963 NL Rookie of the Year and 1973 NL MVP was a 17-time All-Star, a three-time NL batting champion and a two-time Gold Glove winner. He spent 24 seasons in the majors, including 19 seasons with the Reds. He also played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos.
Rose, currently an analyst for FS1, was banned for life from baseball in 1989 after evidence showed he bet on the sport. He reportedly will meet in the near future with commissioner Ron Manfred about possible reinstatement, which, if granted, could make him eligible for Hall of Fame consideration.