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Is your Dad a baseball fan? Does he follow everything baseball and can talk shop about stats, history, favorite teams and favorite players? Do you realize Father’s Day will be here before you blink your eyes? Do you have a gift for dad or do you need a little help? Pete ROse may be the largest conundrum that baseball fans have ever known but yet the story has never really been told. Kostay Kennedy, the Casey Award-Winning Author of 56, has written a most fascinating real life take on Pete Rose. Any dad into baseball surely would appreciate Pete Rose: An American Dilemma. This book came out on March 11th, 2014 to coincide with teh 25th Anniversary of Pet’s ban from baseball.
“Pete Rose is too rich a character to fit on a bronze plaque. He requires a good, trenchant, poignant (ah, Petey) book, and this is it.”
—Roy Blount Jr.
The book is based on what up until now was untilled material and extensive interviews, including those closest to Rose—his family, former teammates, as well as Rose himself. What is most fascinating about this groundbreaking and evocative book is that it considers Rose through the prism and context of today’s post-steroid era.
Kennedy, an assistant managing editor at Sports Illustrated and runner-up for the 2012 PEN/ESPN award for Literary Sports Writing, reveals Rose in all his ambiguity: a man revered for his hustle and verve, with great potential and greatness achieved, but also a man with a fatal flaw that precipitated his exile, whose place in baseball’s firmament, and in Cooperstown, remains unsettled.
In fascinating detail Kennedy reveals the lone regret of John Dowd, who headed the investigation into Rose’s gambling that resulted in banishment. Dowd only wished he’d had the chance to spend time privately with Rose to offer what could have been a history-altering deal. “I’ll always believe that I could have turned him around,” Dowd tells Kennedy. “That I could have made him see the error of his ways, and to see how to make it right . . . if he had done it, had owned up and accepted a punishment, well if you ask me, he could be managing the Cincinnati Reds still today.”
What you are giving Dad with this book: a chance to learn about someone that wise widely speculated about, but elusive in all fronts. Insight, thoughts and discussion with those who headed the investigation. This is a real-time mystery of sorts, and Kennedy takes a crack at this and diligently so, hitting a home-run with the bases loaded as fact backs up content and interviews provide enlightenment. Give dad a great read and a little piece of what has created history.