CINCINNATI - Pete Rose teared up at his news conference when he was banned from baseball on this day 29 years ago - Aug. 24, 1989.
WCPO’s Brian Niesz compiled a video account (above) from that sad day for the Hit King and Cincinnati baseball fans, including separate news conferences by Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti in New York and Rose at Riverfront Stadium.
Although Rose, then the Reds manager, teared up when he talked about being out of baseball, he defiantly continued to deny he bet on baseball games and he vowed to be reinstated one year later.
"As you can imagine, this is a very sad day," said Rose, pausing to clear the lump in his throat. "You know, I've been in baseball for three decades and to think I'm going to be out of baseball for a very short time ... hurts.
Of course, Rose remains banned from the game - and the Baseball Hall of Fame - to this day. The video includes reaction from Sparky Anderson, Marty Brennaman, Marge Schott and more.
Giamatti pulled a shocker at his news conference, proclaiming that he believed Rose bet on baseball games on the basis of Baseball's investigation, even though the carefully-drafted agreement signed by Rose and Giamatti did not specify that.
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