This date 1989: My darkest day as a sports fan

 

What's your darkest day as a sports fan?

My darkest day as a sports fan will never change: August 24, 1989.

My favorite player growing up was banned from baseball. I'll never forget where I was: Standing in the living room of my apartment in Mishawaka, Indiana, watching the announcement live.

I was working as a sports reporter/anchor at CBS affiliate WSBT-TV at the time.

I had to be on-set to lead the 6pm news that night with the story.

What is your darkest day as a fan? 

I'll never forget these words: 

"The banishment for life of Pete Rose from baseball is the sad end of a sorry episode. One of the game's greatest players has engaged in a variety of acts which have stained the game, and he must now live with the consequences of those acts. By choosing not to come to a hearing before me, and by choosing not to proffer any testimony or evidence contrary to the evidence and information contained in the report of the Special Counsel to the Commissioner, Mr. Rose has accepted baseball's ultimate sanction, lifetime ineligibility." 

-Bart Giamatti, MLB commissioner

What if? 

This was the back page of the Chicago Sun-Times on August 24, 1989.

 
 
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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