Pete Rose goes to Elder vs St. Xavier game to see grandson
Cincinnati’s biggest celebrities have stepped onto Elder High School’s turf in the past. Many have played there, some on the field like Kyle Rudolph, some on the stage like Darius Rucker.
Friday, for the first time since 1958, one of the most famous athletes from Western Hills appeared. Years ago, the Mustangs played football with Elder on Thanksgiving morning.
A running back named Peter Edward Rose had a great game against the Panthers 64 years ago as Western Hills won 31-14. After six decades and 4,256 hits in the major leagues, the “Hit King” sat on the 50-yard line as his grandson, PJ Rose, played for St. Watch Xavier’s Bombers.
“For four or five years after I left, Western Hills didn’t score a touchdown,” Rose said. “My brother (Dave) hit one back to break that streak (against Bigger).”
Rose also mentioned that her father played football, so toughness came naturally. Harry Rose was playing for the Cincinnati Bengals at the time.
“He was one of the best players in the semis,” Rose said.
Although he admitted to wearing a purple jersey earlier in the day, Rose, 81, was given a St. Xavier jersey by his son, Pete Rose II, who told St. Xavier coach Steve Specht, “It’s his first time there. is present. Blue Dodger.”
PJ Rose returned to the Bombers Friday after knee injury and surgery. Rose’s grandfather was proud to point out that he only missed 10 games in the 1970s. PJ Diamond Baseball Bomber will also be available this spring, he said. PJ Rose has a similar build to No. 14 at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, but wears No. 3 in St. Xavier Blue.
“He’s a hell of a ballplayer,” Rose said. He can hit. He has loved football his whole life, but has fallen back in love with baseball.
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Friday was Rose’s first high school football experience since spending time with Gary Fawcett and Mueller in the 1980s, when he moonlighted as a sports reporter for WKRC-TV.
“I went through the whole Mueller experience,” Rose said. “Jerry let me do it. It was kind of exciting. At the time, Mueller was like a little Notre Dame. They had all the success in the world.”
Rose doesn’t think Fawcett will have any college-level coaches with him at Notre Dame.
Naturally, he also had some thoughts on the Cincinnati Reds, who inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2016. Like many fans, he longs for the days of 90 wins versus 90 losses.
“You can’t sit here and blame David Bell,” he said. “If you’re a jockey and you have a ****** horse, you’re not going to win the Derby. They got rid of all the good players. I don’t understand because I don’t think so. Mr. Castellini is worried about spending money “Mr. Castellini wants to win more than anybody. I love the guy. I loved playing for him. David Bell is the manager, they give him the players and he has to work with them. If you don’t have the players, You don’t win games.