Baseball Legend Pete Rose Begins New Legacy In Houston

By Ken Hoffman, Houston Chronicle, February 22, 2016
Pete Rose has more records than an oldies radio station. 

He is baseball's all-time leader in at bats (14,053), singles (3,315), 5-hit games (10), seasons with 200 hits (10) seasons with 600 at bats (17) and games played (3,562).

"I've heard more national anthems than anybody in history," he said.

An amazing career: 24 years as a player with the Cincinnati Red, Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos, five years as manager of the Cincinnati Reds, three World Series rings, three batting titles, two Gold Gloves, one Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year.

"If you want to know the truth, everybody who plays the game should play like I did," he said. "I played the right way. That's how my dad taught me to play. You've got to play hard. You owe it to yourself, your family and teammates. You owe it to everybody.

"You have to keep grinding, that's what I'm going to teach kids. Many guys had more ability than me. But I have all the records. I have the record for two hits in a game, three hits in a game, four hits in a game, five hits in a game. You give everything you've got, and then you come back the next day and do it again."

The Hit King Baseball Academy will open in November or December. The complex will have four lighted, all-weather turf fields - two with big league dimensions, one medium-size for college and high school players and one for youth teams. The big league fields will have portable fences so younger teams can use them. It will include a 10,000-square foot building for training, pitching and batting practice, concessions and a pro shop. The facility will host instructional camps, summer and fall teams, leagues, tournaments and showcases for prospective college and pro players.