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Pete Rose Banishment Document Among Memorabilia Up for Auction

Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) -- The document that officially banned Major League Baseball all-time hits leader Pete Rose from the sport is up for auction.

The 1989 report was Rose’s personal copy and is signed by the 17-time All-Star as well as then-baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti. It is among more than 600 lots being auctioned online by Goldin Auctions from today through Nov. 17, the company said on its website. The starting bid for the five-page document is $100,000.

MLB banned Rose, 71, for gambling after investigator John Dowd found he bet on the Cincinnati Reds during the 1985-87 seasons, while he was the team’s manager. The ruling made Rose, whose 4,256 career hits are the most in major-league history, ineligible for the Hall of Fame. Giamatti died of a heart attack a week after Rose’s banishment.

After 15 years of denying that he had bet on the sport, Rose said in his 2004 book, “My Prison Without Bars,” that he confessed to Commissioner Bud Selig while seeking to have the ban lifted. He remains ineligible.

Other items being auctioned include a 1934 baseball signed by the New York Yankees’ Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, a game-used Ty Cobb bat and a 1980 Philadelphia Phillies World Series ring.

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