Rose fails to be elected to Canadian Hall of Fame

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 25, 2003

TORONTO -- Pete Rose failed to make the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Baseball's career hit leader -- who spent part of the 1984 season with Montreal and got career hit No. 4,000 with the Expos -- did not win the support of at least 75 percent of the selection committee.

Tom Valcke, president and CEO of the Canadian Hall of Fame made the announcement Monday on a Canadian TV show. He did not immediately say how close Rose came to making the hall in St. Marys, Ontario.

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The 2003 class features former Blue Jays slugger Joe Carter, Canadian pitcher Kirk McCaskill, administrator Richard Belec and the Vancouver Asahi team. There were 46 nominees.

Rose is ineligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He agreed to a permanent ban from the sport in 1989 following a gambling investigation.

Tony Riviera, chairman of the newly formed Canadian Baseball League, nominated Rose for the Canadian hall. Rose's autographed batting gloves used for the historic hit are on display in the museum along with photos.

Rose joined the Expos at the start of the 1984 season and batted .259 with 23 RBIs in 95 games. He played first base and outfield.

The 61-year-old Rose broke in with Cincinnati in 1963. He went to Philadelphia as a free agent in 1979, returned to Cincinnati in 1984 and managed the Reds until he was banned.

Rose repeatedly has denied betting on baseball, and he and commissioner Bud Selig have met to discuss his ban. Rose has said he hoped to be reinstated by the time of the Canadian hall's induction ceremony -- in St. Marys on June 28.

Carter endeared himself to Canadians by hitting the ninth-inning home run off Mitch Williams that won the Blue Jays the 1993 World Series.

''The seven years I spent there in Toronto were fabulous,'' Carter told the Canadian network CTV from Kansas City, Mo. ''And to top my whole career off, to be elected to the Canadian Hall of Fame is an honor that I will cherish for the rest of my life.''

McCaskill of Kapuskasing, Ontario, spent 12 years in the majors, playing for California and the Chicago White Sox from 1985-96. He had a career record of 106-108. Ferguson Jenkins, with 284 wins, is the only Canadian to have won more games in the majors.

Belec is a longtime official who was president of Baseball Canada from 1994-96.

The Asahi club was a Japanese-Canadian team in Vancouver that won several championships before World War II.

Since its inception in 1983, the hall has inducted 58 members, including Jenkins, Jackie Robinson and Gary Carter.