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24 Oct 1999: Pete Rose of the All Century Team is interviewed by the press before the World Series game two between the New York Yankees the Atlanta Braves at the Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. The Yankees defeated the Braves 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw /Allsport
It was often said, usually by the man himself, that Pete Rose would go head-first and shoulder-first into a cement mixer andor a steam roller to score a run.And then theyd call a mechanic to fix the cement mixer and the steam roller.Thus it is no surprise that one of the signature moments, one of the signature photos in All-Star history, is from the 1970 game when Rose flattened Cleveland Indians catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run, dislodging the ball and dislodging Fosses shoulder from its socket.It was the 12th inning of a tie game in sparkling new Riverfront Stadium, Roses new playpen, so he was playing in front of home admirers.Neither Rose nor Fosse had started the game Rose replaced Hank Aaron in left field at mid-game and Fosse replaced Bill Freehan at catcher in mid-game.There were two outs and nobody on in the 12th, score 4-4, when Rose singled to center off pitcher Clyde Wright. Billy Grabarkewitz singled to left, sending Rose to second.With Wright still on the mound, Jim Hickman singled up the middle and center fielder Amos Otis charged hard and came up throwing.Rose rounded third and never stopped, escorted down the line by third base coach Leo Durocher.The throw was a bit up the third base line and Fosse had to take a couple of steps toward the oncharging Rose. At first Rose thought he might perform his patented head-first dive. But when he saw Fosse moving toward him, Rose lowered his shoulder and threw a cross body block into Fosse.Rose scores. Game over. Nationals win, 5-4.There are those who say that ended Fosses career, but it didnt. He went on to win two World Series rings with the Oakland As, played 10 more years, and made one other All-Star team.But. . .he was 23 at the time of the collision, in his second year in the majors. At the All-Star break he had 16 home runs and had put together a 23-game hitting streak. After the home plate crash, Fosse hit only two homers the rest of the season and never hit more than 12 in a year the rest of his career.It still hurts, Fosse said 30 years later. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and it hurts. The left shoulder joint is arthritic and he couldnt raise his arm above his head.At first, Rose said he did it on purpose and said, If I didnt hit him the way I did, I couldnt have talked to my father afterward.Later Rose said that he was about to slide, until he saw Fosse moving up the line and realized he had to hit him to score.Rose, of course, went on to become the all-time hits leader (4,256), The Hit King. Fosse finished his playing career and began a baseball broadcasting career, but his legacy was that of the man who took the brunt of Roses shoulder.And there was animosity between the two. Fosse said Rose rarely talked to him, but Rose said he and Fosse often sat and chatted about baseball. Rose said when he had a radio show in Florida he often asked Fosse to be in but he always refused.There is even controversy over what happened the night before the game. Rose said he had Fosse to his house for dinner, but Fosse said he and his wife, Rose and his wife and pitcher Sam McDowell and his wife met for a few drinks at a bar early in the evening.Pete must be suffering from amnesia, said Fosse.Roses version differs dramatically and he said not too long ago, For the last five or six years, for some unknown reason, Ray Fosse is really mad at me. I mean he was at my house the night before the game. I took him and Sam McDowell out to eat and now he says he didnt even go to my house.Heck, I didnt do anything dirty, Rose said about the play. I actually went over him and tagged the plate with my right hand, but he had the plate blocked and my knee hit his shoulder.No one will ever tell you this, but I missed the next three games of the season and he didnt miss any (until he broke his thumb on September 1), Rose added. To be honest, he had a better second half than a first half, but yet Im accused of ruining his career. He went out with me and he asked me every question about Johnny Bench in the world because he was supposed to be the next coming of Johnny Bench.While Fosse did hit only two more home runs the rest of the season, he finished with a .307 batting average and played 10 years, Although I had to alter my swing and never did have a power swing again, he said.While Fosse and Rose exchanged quips and rips, Fosse got in a good one a few years later after Rose was convicted of tax evasion and sent to a federal facility in Marion, Ill., Fosses hometown.Needless to say, the folks back in Marion found that a joyous occasion, said Fosse.
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