This date 1984: Rose debuts as player-manager

Rose returns

One day after being introduced as player-manager, Pete Rose officially made his return to Riverfront Stadium on Friday, August 17. 

Rose played 1B and batted second.  In his first at-bat, Rose lined a ball to the gap that Cubs CF Bob Dernier misplayed. Rose wheeled around second base and did his classic head-first slide into 3rd. He popped up, slapped his hands together and I swear the stadium shook that night. Charlie Hustle was back! 

Rose went 2 for 4 in his return and the Reds beat the Cubs 6-. Boxscore HERE.

Rose took over a team that was 51-70 under manager Vern Rapp. Rose guided the Reds to a 19-22 record the rest of the year. Rose, hitting .259 with Montreal, was re-energized and hit .365 in 26 games with the Reds. 

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530! Read more


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