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"The banishment for life of Pete Rose from
baseball is the sad end of a sorry episode. One of the game's
greatest players has engaged in a variety of acts which have stained
the game, and he must now live with the consequences of those
acts. By choosing not to come to a hearing before me, and by choosing
not to proffer any testimony or evidence contrary to the evidence
and information contained in the report of the Special Counsel
to the Commissioner, Mr. Rose has accepted baseball's ultimate
sanction, lifetime ineligibility."
Statement by then Commissioner
of Baseball, A. Bartlett Giamatti,
August 24, 1989