By Art Beitchman
The hit king Pete Rose returns to Philadelphia on August 7 for the first time in years to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1980 World Series title, a celebration that was delayed two years due to Covid.
Just in the last couple of years Rose was granted the right to enter a MLB ballpark again due to a lifetime ban due to gambling on the sport as manager of the Reds in the mid-1980s.
Rose remains the all-time hits leader at 4,256, a record that appears unreachable by any current player.
He was also an integral part of the Phillies 1980 season — he taught the team how to win the big games, and no one believes the Phillies would have won that championship without him.
The alumni weekend will be August 6 and 7 at Citizens Bank Park when Ron Reed and Bake McBride will be inducted to the Wall of Fame, both key players to that WS victory.
It should be quite a fun time to celebrate the Phillies first championship.