Cincinnati Reds

Did Pete Rose cheat as well as gamble?

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer (no, not a tabloid), a bat used in 1985 to hit his 159th home run is corked. The report comes from Mike Heffner, president of the auction house that is selling the bat.

There’s putty on the top of the bat (at the fat end),” Heffner said. “The putty was black but the paint has chipped away and it’s more brown now. Age has caused it (the putty) to dry out and shrivel up and pull a little bit away from the bat, and you can see that the barrel was hollowed out and something circular is jammed in there (the inside of the bat) . . . The barrel is loaded with something.

I wonder whether Rose will come out and say that he usually used the bat for batting practice and that it was an honest mistake.

By Vin

Vin is a Philly boy who shouldn't be invited into your house because he'll judge you on your book and music collection. He owns Dawkins, Utley, Iverson, and Lindros jerseys, which is all you really need to know about him. He can be reached at [email protected].

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