When you say Pete Rose, most people think Cincinnati Reds, but he played five years with the Philadelphia Phillies and he helped them win the World Series in 1980! The switch-hitting Rose was a full-time first baseman by the time he got to Philly (he wasn’t about to bump Mike Schmidt off 3B)! Rose played in 745 games in his five years with the Phillies and he was 826 of 2,841 (.291 avg, .726 OPS) with 390 runs scored, 8 homers, 255 RBI and 51 stolen bases. Rose also played in 25 games in the post-season for the Phillies in which he was 31 of 95 (.326 avg) with 10 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBI and 1 stolen base. Rose was an All-Star in four of his five years with the Phillies! His best year for the Phillies came back in 1979. Rose played in 163 games for the Phillies in 1979 and he was 208 of 628 (.331 avg, .848 OPS) with 90 runs scored, 4 homers, 59 RBI and 20 stolen bases. He also walked an amazing 95 times against only 32 whiffs! He led the N.L. in OBP in 1979 with a .418 mark! Rose won a Silver Slugger Award in the strike shortened 1981 season. Rose played in 107 games for the Phillies in 1981 and he was 140 of 431 (.325 avg, .781 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 0 homers, 33 RBI and 4 stolen bases. He led Major League baseball in hits in 1981 with 140 of them!
Despite only playing five years with the Phillies, Rose is still #48 in team history with his 826 hits! He is also still tied for #36 in batting average (.291), #33 in OBP (.365), #49 in doubles (139) and he is still #42 in walks (325) in Phillies’ history!