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    Charlie Hustle ties Cobb!

    1985 Pete Rose Signed Career Hit #4,191 Baseball. A southpaw named Steve Trout was slated to start for the Chicago Cubs on September 8, 1985, and though player/manager Pete Rose was a switch-hitter, he'd rarely put himself in the line-up against lefties, preferring fellow Big Red Machinist veteran Tony Perez in the first baseman's role on those occasions. But Trout had hit some gravel while on a bicycle ride with his wife the evening prior to his start, and the fall had injured his shoulder, putting right-hander Reggie Patterson on the mound at Wrigley Field instead. And so Charlie Hustle penciled his own name into the line-up as 28,269 fans in the ballpark, and hundreds more peering over the walls of the ancient ballpark from neighboring apartment buildings, held their collective breath.

    Despite the storied rivalry between the visiting Cincinnati Reds and the hometown Cubs, a roar went up as Rose singled in the first inning to bring his career tally to 4,190. The center field scoreboard flashed the words, "1 to Ty." Rose would ground out to Ryne Sandberg in the third inning, but in the top of the fifth, a single to right field would establish Rose as the first man since 1928 to record hit number 4,191. An even louder ovation echoed through the North Side of Chicago as Rose doffed his cap and raised a gloved hand in gratitude before turning to Cubs first baseman Leon Durham and saying, "Tell Patterson I'm going to buy him a steak dinner."

    The record-tying ball made its way back to the Reds dugout, where a teammate quickly penned a blue ink "4191" just above the ONL (Feeney) stamping and put it away for safe keeping. Soon thereafter, Rose would apply a bold black ink signature to the sweet spot, notating the north and south panels, "Base Hit '4191' Sept. 8, 1985" and "Wrigley Field, Chicago, A Single Off Reggie Patterson" respectively.

    The next hit that Pete Rose would record three days later to take sole possession of the throne commanded a winning bid north of $400,000 when it sold at auction over four years ago, and considering the soaring trajectory of the hobby market since that time, one suspects it could reach seven-figure territory today were it to reappear. Until then, this sphere linking two of the most determined and complicated men in the history of our national pastime will have to suffice. Full LOA from Beckett Authentication Services. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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