CHARLIE HUSTLE by Pete & Bob Hertzel Rose


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A diary of the Reds' 1974 season by their gung-ho sparkplug and captain Pete Rose--a superstar who believes in ""going all out all the time."" Cincinnati's switch-hitting left fielder--a $160,000-a-year man with three batting crowns and the 1973 MVP to his credit--looks back at a disappointing campaign during which the Big Red Machine (Morgan, Bench & Perez) never really got into gear, and he himself failed to hit 300 for the first time in ten years. Labeled a bully after a scuffle in the '73 playoffs, Rose was subject to intermittent heckling and spectator abuse throughout the following season. As a result, the lead-off hitter's performance at the plate suffered markedly. Moreover, for the first time in his career ""baseball wasn't any fun."" As it turned out, the team couldn't quite overtake the Dodgers for the National League's Western Division flag. Deja vu, nothing new--""Baseball's a wonderful game. There's always tomorrow.

Pub Date: May 28th, 1975
Publisher: Prentice-Hall