On this day in 1989 Major League Baseball’s all-time hit king, Pete Rose, accepted a lifetime ban from professional baseball. Rose, who ended his career with an untouchable 4,256 hits, was suspended because he bet on the Reds while he was managing the team. Rose adamantly denied the allegations and stood steadfast in his denial until recently when he admitted that he had only bet on his team to win games. According to the Major League Baseball rule book under Rule 21 Section D:
Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.
Rose was not only banned from participating in MLB he was also barred from entering the Hall of Fame when a motion was passed to ban any permanently ineligible players from entering the HOF. The debate on whether Rosé belongs in the hall has been a contentious one since he was deemed ineligible and will remain one until the day he enters the hall (which I believe he will at some point).