Great Baseball Moments- Pete Rose Breaks Ty Cobb’s Hit Record- #4192- September 11, 1985.
By the time Pete Rose finally broke Ty Cobb’s record for hits at #4192- in my mind it was kind of tarnished. The only reason that Pete Rose was still playing was to break that record. A case could be made that the last great year he had on the field was 1979- and that past 1981 he was finished. But Pete Rose was driven to break that record and teams were willing to employ him. Anyway Pete kept playing and it helped his cause in 1984 when he became player- manager of the Cincinnati Reds- and could pencil his name into the line-up.
In 1985 at the age of 44 he went to the plate 501 times- he was determined this would be the year. Finally on September 11, 1985 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati he broke Ty Cobb’s record of 4191 hits in a career. In the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres and pitcher Eric Show- he singled [appropriate that his record breaker was a single… Mickey Mantle once said remarking on Rose- ‘If I played my career hitting single like Pete Rose, I’d wear a dress.’] to left- center field- the record was broken. Note- Ty Cobb’s career batting average was .366 the highest batting average in history- Pete Rose- career average .303.