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Peter Edward Rose was born in Cincinnati in 1941 He said that when he was growing up he rooted for the Cincinnati Reds just like every other kid in the area In the summertime of most of his childhood years he played baseball constantly He also played in high school however he thinks that he was a better football player than a baseball player in school He said that he liked to play football more because many people would attend the games and not many showed up for baseball You could throw a bomb into the stands at our high school baseball games and you wouldnt kill anyone If it wasnt for Petes uncle who was a scout for the Cincinnati Reds he would never nave played baseball His uncle saw him play in high school and signed him to a contract with the Reds farm system Pete started out at the class A level He rose up quickly making the starting roster for the Reds opening day team in the same year 1963 On opening day Pete said he wasnt nervous at all until about 10 minutes before the game It hit him that he was now starting for the Cincinnati Reds when not more than a year ago he thought football was his life He walked in his first at bat on 4 straight pitches He said it wasnt because of nerves though he just didnt want to swing He got his first hit in the majors three games later against the Pittsburgh Pirates Pete played with the Cincinnati Reds from 1963 to 1978 and then he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies He played in Philly from 1979 to 1983 and then he went to the Montreal Expos for 1984 He stayed only one half year in Montreal having a desire to retire in his hometown Cincinnati He played his final two and a half years 1984-1986 in Cincinnati and then he retired
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