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Pete Rose Chronology

July 19, 1990 GMT

Undated (AP) _ A chronology of events in the Pete Rose case: 1989

Jan. 25 - A Pik-Six at Turfway Park has two winning tickets worth $132,834.60 each. Arnold C. Metz signs for the tickets but rumors surface that Rose was one of the owners.

Feb. 20 - Rose and lawyers Reuven J. Katz and Robert A. Pitcairn Jr. meet in New York with Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, NL president A. Bartlett Giamatti, Executive Vice President Edwin M. Durso and incoming Deputy Commissioner Fay Vincent.

Feb. 22 - Ueberroth says, ″There’s nothing ominous and there won’t be any follow through.″


March 20 - Commissioner’s office releases statement that it is investigating ″serious allegations against Rose″ and that Washington lawyer John M. Dowd is heading the inquiry.

March 21 - A story in Sports Illustrated contains allegations tying Rose to baseball betting. Chris Beyersdoerfer, Thomas P. Gioiosa, Paul G. Janszen and Michael E. Fry are named as either taking bets from Rose or having knowledge of them.

March 24 - The Cincinnati Post reports Rose’s debts totaled nearly $500,000 when he left the Reds in 1978 to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies.

March 25 - Rose declines to answer if he bet on baseball. Turfway Park releases statement that Rose and track chairman Jerry Carroll were actual owners of winning Pik-Six tickets for Jan. 25.

March 26 - The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports Rose was the target of undercover gambling investigations conducted by the Cincinnati police department in 1978 and 1983.

March 29 - Sports Illustrated reports Rose brought $46,197.54 in cash into the United States from Japan in 1981 without declaring the money and was fined half the amount.

March 30 - The Cincinnati Enquirer, quoting former baseball security chief Henry Fitzgibbon, says baseball investigated gambling allegations against Rose in the late 1970s.

April 1 - The Dayton Daily News reports IRS investigators seized betting slips from Ronald Peters last Aug. 17.

April 3 - Rose gets standing ovation from fans in Riverfront Stadium on Opening Day.

April 5 - The Plain Dealer reports a man listed in court documents by the code name ″G-1″ and identified by sources as Rose bet between $8,000 to $16,000 daily on baseball games during the 1987 season.

April 8 - The Cincinnati Post reports Rose is under investigation by the IRS. The Dayton Daily News reports Rose was part-owner of winning Turfway Park ticket on Jan. 16, 1987.

April 13 - The Boston Herald and the Providence (R.I.) Journal-Bulletin report a $27,000 check from Pete Rose to convicted bookmaker Joseph S. Cambra of Somerset, Mass., was found in a 1984 gambling raid and that Cambra has Rose’s 1975 World Series ring.

April 14 - Rose says the ring Cambra has is a duplicate. Three days later, Rose puts his World Series rings on display at Kentucky National Bank’s downtown Cincinnati office ″just to lay that rumor to rest.″

April 18 - Giamatti sends letter to U.S. District Judge Carl B. Rubin, who is to sentence Peters, stating Peters ″has been candid, forthright and truthful″ with baseball investigators.

April 21 - Rose meets with Dowd in Dayton, Ohio. Robert C. Brichler, an assistant U.S. attorney, says Rose is being investigated by a grand jury on tax matters.

April 26 - Rubin is quoted as saying ″the press has tried, convicted and executed Pete Rose.″

April 27 - Rubin excuses himself from the Peters case.

May 9 - Giamatti receives 225-page report from Dowd, who also delivers seven volumes of exhibits.

May 11 - Giamatti sets May 25 hearing.

May 19 - Rose’s lawyers ask for 30-day postponement. The Associated Press reports Janszen was given polygraph test by baseball investigators.

May 22 - Giamatti grants postponement request and reschedules hearing for June 26.

June 16 - U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel sentences Peters to 14 months in prison.

June 19 - Rose sues Giamatti in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, seeking to stop the hearing and prevent Giamatti from deciding the case.

June 20 - Judge Norbert A. Nadel sets hearing for June 22 on Rose’s request for a temporary restraining order.

June 21 - AP reports baseball’s handwriting expert had determined Rose’s writing is on betting slips.

June 25 - Nadel issues temporary restraining order against Giamatti and sets July 6 hearing on request for a preliminary injunction.

June 26 - Giamatti asks that the 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals hear an appeal of Nadel’s decision.

July 28 - Three judges on the 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals say it lacks authority to consider appeal.

July 3 - Giamatti removes case to U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, which transfers the case to U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio.

July 5 - Rose files motion asking that case be sent back to state court. Giamatti agrees to take no action against Rose until federal court decides remand motion.

July 20 - Judge John D. Holschuh of federal court in Columbus rejects the remand motion and sets an Aug. 14 hearing on a request for a preliminary injunction.

Aug. 7 - Giamatti sets Aug. 17 hearing date for Rose.

Aug. 8 - Rose ask the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati for permission to appeal Holschuh’s decision.

Aug. 17 - Judges Ralph B. Guy Jr., Alan E. Norris and Danny J. Boggs of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deny Rose’s request for permission to appeal.

Aug. 24 - Giamatti announces that Pete Rose is banned for life from baseball for gambling. He may apply for reinstatement after one year.

Sept. 12 - Gioiosa convicted of two counts of tax fraud and one count of conspiring to distribute cocaine. 1990

Feb. 1 - Spiegel sentences Gioiosa to five years in prison.

April 20 - In U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, Rose pleads guilty to two counts of filing false incomes taxes by failing to report income.

July 2 - Spiegel sets July 19 sentencing date for Rose.

July 19 - Rose sentenced to five months in prison, three months in a halfway house, ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service and fined $50,000.