The life of Major League Baseball legend Pete Ross is back to square one. Rose placed Ohio’s first legal sports bet Sunday on the Reds winning the 2023 World Series after being banned for life by Major League Baseball in 1989 for betting on the Reds while managing the team.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed legal sports betting laws into law in December 2021, and the floodgates opened for legal gambling in the state at midnight Sunday. Rose marked the occasion at the Hard Rock Casino in Cincinnati and once again claimed a place in sports betting history.
“I don’t know anything about the odds,” Rose said after placing his bet on the Reds, according to Spectrum News. “Come on Reds! Come on Bengalis!”
Since the Supreme Court ruling in May 2018 allowing states to legalize and regulate sports betting as they see fit,, Ohio is the closest one. Hard Rock Cincinnati President George Goldhoff believes the state’s decision will have a significant impact, as he expects Ohio to generate $8.8 billion in sports betting in its first year.
Meanwhile, Bet Ohio estimates the state will receive $50 million in tax revenue from sports betting in 2023.
While sports betting is becoming more common in the U.S. — even within the league allowing in-stadium sports betting — Rose’s status in MLB doesn’t appear to be changing.recent roseTried to restore the league and was considered for the Hall of Fame.
“Despite my many mistakes, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished as a baseball player,” Ross wrote in a letter obtained and published by TMZ. “I am the Hit King and it is my dream to be in the Hall of Fame. Like all of us, I believe in accountability. I am 81 years old and I know I have been held accountable and I am accountable to myself. I am now writing to ask for more a chance.”
Manfred rejected Rose’s request, tell the athletes“I believe that from an MLB standpoint, when you bet on baseball, you’re on the permanent ineligibility list.”
A 17-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion and 1973 NL MVP, Rose is the all-time leader in baseball with 4,256 hits. He played 24 seasons in MLB, spending most of his career (19) in Cincinnati.