Philadelphia, PA’s SugarHouse Casino is hosting a meet and greet with baseball legend Pete Rose next month and giving players the chance to meet him in person through a sweepstakes.

The meet and greet will go off on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 2-3 p.m. local time at the SugarHouse Casino along the Delaware River in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. This is the same day Rose will be officially inducted into the Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will be held on the field at Citizens Bank Park before the Phillies play the New York Mets at 7:05 p.m. local time.

SugarHouse’s Pete Rose sweepstakes

In advance of the events, SugarHouse Casino is running a Pete Rose Meet & Greet Sweepstakes, giving away a Pete Rose prize package. The winner will receive two free tickets to the SugarHouse meet and greet, a signed 8” x 10” photo of Rose with the inscription “2017 Philly Wall of Fame” and a photo opportunity as well.

SugarHouse players can earn entry into the sweepstakes beginning at 12 p.m. local time on Thursday, July 6 until 12 p.m. local time on Thursday, Aug. 10 when the winner will be selected.

A Hall of Fame career

Rose played Major League Baseball from 1963 to 1986, and managed the Cincinnati Reds from 1984 to 1989. He remains the all-time leader in hits, games played. Rose won three World Series titles and made 17 All-Star appearances, although he is not in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

In fact, Rose was banned from baseball in 1989 and placed on the game’s permanent ineligibility list after accusations surfaced that he gambled on baseball games while playing and managing the Reds. Two years later, the Baseball Hall of Fame formally voted to bar the induction of anyone on the permanently ineligible list.

Rose initially denied allegations he bet on baseball games. However, in 2004, 15 years after being thrown out of the game, he admitted the allegations were true. Nevertheless, Rose has maintained he never bet against the Reds while playing or managing the team.

In the years since, Rose has made several attempts to be reinstated by Major League Baseball and added to the ballot for Hall of Fame induction.

A Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame inductee

In 2016, Rose was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. He won back-to-back titles as a part of the Cincinnati Reds teams known as the Big Red Machine in 1975 and 1976. Despite the betting controversy that ended his time with Cincinnati and his career, Rose is best remembered as a member of the Reds.

However, he joined the Phillies as a free agent in 1979 and help lead the team to its first World Series title in 1980. In all, Rose spent five years playing in Philadelphia.

Rose Still betting, laughing

Rose now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and claims to bet on baseball and other sports legally and regularly. He reportedly earns more than $1 million annually attending autograph signings. He also lent his name to the Pete Rose Bar and Grill on the Las Vegas Strip, which went out of business last year.

In 2016, Rose appeared in a TV ad for the William Hill US Race & Sports Book and its mobile NV sports wagering app making light of his ban from baseball for betting on games.

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Martin Derbyshire

Martin Derbyshire

Martin Derbyshire has spent more than a decade traveling the globe in his capacities as a reporter, editor, and video producer in the world of high stakes poker and gambling. He covers the industry for a variety of publications, including USPoker.com, PlayUSA.com, and PlayPA.com.