Record: 4,256 career hits
During his playing days, no one showed more grit and determination to succeed than Pete Rose. With the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, and back to the Reds, he was known as "Charlie Hustle," and seeing him run the base paths with thunderous, head-first slides was merely one example of his nature.
Rose went on to claim what was believed to be one of baseball’s most unbreakable records — Ty Cobb’s career 4,191 hits. On Sept. 11, 1985, surrounded by a media frenzy, Rose delivered his 4,192nd career hit against the San Diego Padres. Rose finished with an amazing 4,256 hits before retiring.
His career records also include games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053), singles (3,215), and outs (10,328). Rose is the only player to be named to five different positions in the All-Star Game.
However, his numbers and accomplishments have faded to the background after he admitted to gambling on baseball and the Reds following years of denial. To this day, the disgraced Rose has not been allowed enshrinement into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
While his numbers on the field may not be broken, we always will think of Pete Rose as a gambling addict willing to wager on his reputation and legacy, and he wound up losing.