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Pete Rose on Trial (2003)

Baseball's all-time hits leader, banned for life for allegedly betting on the sport, should be allowed induction at Cooperstown, the jury of ESPN's mock trial said after hearing three hours of jury deliberations at Harvard Law School.
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CNN Legal Analyst
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The debate may rage on, but ESPN's jury has spoken: Pete Rose deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Baseball's all-time hits leader, banned for life for allegedly betting on the sport, should be allowed induction at Cooperstown, the jury of ESPN's mock trial said after hearing three hours of testimony and deliberating for 90 minutes at Harvard Law School. THE CASE For Rose - Baseball's career leader in hits (4,256), singles (3,215), at-bats (14,053) and games played (3,562). - Awards: NL Rookie of the Year 1963; NL MVP 1973; World Series MVP 1975; NL Gold Glove 1969, 1970. - Titles: World Series (1975-76 with Cincinnati, 1980 with Philadelphia); NL batting (.335 in 1968, .348 in 1969, .338 in 1973). - Seventeen-time National League All-Star at a record five different positions (2B, RF, LF, 3B, 1B). Against Rose - Former federal prosecutor John Dowd uncovered evidence of Rose's gambling activity, including the placement of bets with bookies tied to organized crime: The Dowd Report. - ... Written by Anonymous

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17 June 2003 (USA)  »

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Three members of the Boston Men's Baseball League (Jason Grenier, Jose Medina and Jim Holmwood) were on the 12-man jury. See more »

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Interesting
7 January 2004 | by (Wilton, NH) – See all my reviews

I saw this last year when it premiered on ESPN. The setting was Harvard Law School where live for 2 hours, the topic that would be argued was if Pete Rose should be allowed into the baseball hall of fame after betting on baseball. Alan Dershowitz was for prosecution, while Johnnie Cochran defended Pete Rose (who is only present in spirit). Catherine Crier presided over the mock trial. Many baseball legends and such testified and a jury of twelve would rule in the end (Unlike real courtroom cases, the jury did not have to be unanimous).

I found it very interesting and fun. The matter of letting Pete Rose into the hall of fame is touchy subject. First, look at the man's career. He is the all time career hitting champion, and holds many team records for games played, at bats, runs, bases, and walks. With a resume like this, it makes one wonder why he is not in Cooperstown. Then you have, the other side of the coin. Pete Rose admittedly bet on baseball and bet on his team to win. When you break the rules, you lose a lot. Pete Rose broke the rules (and has even recently admitted it), and he is not allowed to be honored. It makes for quite an interesting debate.

I hope ESPN does more mock trials like this since I am sure there are many sports controversies abound. I had a good time and everyone else that was involved looked like they had a good time as well.


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