The Hall Call That Pete Rose Never Got

by Kevin Burton    An open letter to a “friend” of sorts, Pete Rose. Dear Pete,    In my house I always had to defend you.    My father didn’t respect you, said you got all your hits with two outs and nobody on and hit into double plays with men on.     I never …

Perez Was Vital Part Of Big Red Machine

By Kevin Burton    “How good are the Reds” was the question Sports illustrated famously asked on the cover of its 1976 World Series wrap-up edition.    Two more questions: how vital was Tony Perez to that team and how misguided was the trade that sent him to Montreal?    It’s Perez’s birthday today. He …