Pete Rose is finally in the Hall of Fame. The Reds Hall of Fame.
Saturday afternoon, the Reds inducted Rose into their Hall of Fame in a long-awaited pregame ceremony. Many of his former Big Red Machine teammates, include Hall of Famers Tony Perez and Johnny Bench, were on hand. Here's some video:
"I've already cried on the field one time. That's enough," said Rose, who remained composed throughout the ceremony. He was referring to when he broke Ty Cobb's all-time hits record in September 1985.
"It took 30 years and the size has changed over the years," said Rose to fans while being honored on the field. "But I'm getting a red coat. I'm looking forward to getting a red coat."
Rose, now 75, is baseball's all-time hit king with 4,256. He is not eligible for the Hall of Fame due to his gambling ties, however. Rose has applied for reinstatement multiple times, most recently last year, and has been turned down each time.
MLB has allowed Rose to return to the ballpark over the years, though he had to receive MLB's approval to take part in an on-field ceremony prior to last year's All-Star Game in the Great American Ball Park.