That’s … something: Pete Rose placed on Bobblehead Hall of Fame ballot
While the news lacks the gravitas and significance of, say, had it been revealed that Pete Rose’s name finally had been placed on a much more esteemed ballot, but the announcement that the man known as “Charlie Hustle” has been placed on the ballot for the Bobblehead Hall of Fame certainly merits some semblance of fanfare.
Or maybe not.
But one thing that the 73-year-old living legend can hang his hat on is that he — or more accurately, his bobblehead — has been nominated for enshrinement by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Not only that, the miniature, bobbling version of Rose would be the first bobblehead to receive the esteemed honor.
“We want to settle this debate which has been going on for over 25 years right away for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum Co-Founder and CEO Phil Sklar said in a statement on Wednesday, via Big League Stew. “We have found no evidence of any wrongdoing by any of the Pete Rose bobbleheads, so we want to let the public decide whether a Pete Rose bobblehead should have the honor of being the first inducted into the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame.”
Rose reportedly acknowledged it would be … something … should his bobblehead be the first to be canonized by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame.
“Being the only of anything is a big deal,” Rose reportedly replied when asked about the potential of receiving such a distinguished and prestigious honor.
The museum is slated to open in Milwaukee in 2016 and fans can let their voices be heard on the organization’s website by casting a yea or nay on the Rose bobblehead’s candidacy.
Rose of course voluntarily accepted permanent placement on baseball’s ineligible list in August of 1989 for betting on baseball and the lifetime ban precludes Major League Baseball’s all-time hits king from ever gaining admittance to Cooperstown. While there has been a remarkably consistent push by sportswriters, MLB historians, fans and the like pleading with Major League Baseball to finally lift Rose’s ban, unfortunately nothing much has come in terms of progress as a result of the various and passionate attempts.
But should Rose gain admittance to the Bobblehead Hall of Fame, well, it would be nice. Not Baseball Hall of Fame nice, but a pretty decent development nevertheless.
(photo courtesy of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum)