New evidence suggests Rose bet on baseball while still playing


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It turns out Pete Rose may have bet on baseball, not only as a manager, as was his story for the last 26 years, but also while he was still taking at bats for the Cincinnati Reds.

A new report released by ESPN’s Outside the Lines Monday, suggest that Rose largely bet on baseball during the 1986 season. The report cites documents that expand on the evidence presented in the 1989 Dowd report, that resulted in Rose’s lifetime ban from baseball.

The documents come from pages of a notebook which was seized from the home of a former associate of Rose, Michael Bertolini back in 1989 and has remained under a court-ordered seal since.

The documents obtained by Outside the Lines, show betting records from Mach to July of 1986, but show no evidence he bet against the Reds. Here are some of the details:

* Between March and July of 1986, Rose bet on at least one MLB team on 30 different days.

* On 21 of those day he bet on the Reds, including in games he played.

* Rose also bet heavily on college and professional basketball, losing $25,500 during one week in March.

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