Watch this date 1997: Pete Rose Jr. makes ML debut
Rose Jr. was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 12th round of the 1988 draft out of Oak Hills High School. He signed with the Reds as a minor league free agent in December of 1996.
27-year old Pete Rose Jr. hit .301 with 25 home runs and 99 RBI at Double-A Chattanooga and was part of the September call-ups by the Reds.
He made his debut September 1, 1997, Cinergy Field: Reds vs Royals.
Rose went 1-for-3 with a walk. The Royals beat the Reds 7-4. Boxscore HERE.
Rose singled in the 4th inning, lining a pitch from Kevin Appier off the glove of 1B Jeff King.
Career ML stats:
.143 batting average
The N.Y. Times story of that day HERE
Pete Rose spent a career pursuing Ty Cobb. His son has spent much of his life pursuing Pete Rose.
When Pete Rose Jr. made his major league debut today for the Cincinnati Reds during a 7-4 loss to Kansas City, both chases were complete.
Rose played a total of 21 seasons of baseball, on various levels, from 1989 to 2009.