In the March issue of AARP Bulletin, Vin Scully states that although Pete Rose should by all rights be in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Scully wouldn’t personally vote for the former Red and that the athlete is ultimately responsible for his own, sad fate.
Be that as it may, there will be at least one Hall of Fame celebration involving Rose. On Saturday, April 23, Rose will be officially inducted into the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, in a ceremony at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater co-sponsored by ESPN Milwaukee and Master Z’s. From this morning’s announcement:
Rose will be giving a Hall of Fame induction speech and also participating in a moderated discussion live on stage with a respected sports journalist. The ceremony will highlight Pete’s bobbleheads and illustrious career. All fans in attendance will receive a limited edition bobblehead of Pete Rose produced to commemorate Pete’s induction into the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame.
Via online voting conducted over the past year, the general public has overwhelmingly decided that Pete’s bobblehead should be the first one inducted into the National Bobblehead Museum.
While a permanent home for the museum is currently in the planning stages, there is through April 30 an associated exhibit running at Milwaukee’s Red Line. Tickets for the April 23 induction ceremony, priced at $40 and $55, go on sale March 18.
Update (April 21):
Rose, at the last minute, canceled. From a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“He was excited to come,” said Phil Sklar, the co-founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. “We’ll set a new date. He’s still coming; it’s just a matter of when.”
Sklar said approximately 300 tickets had been sold for the event. “They’ll get a full refund,” he said. “They’ll have an opportunity to purchase tickets for the new date.”
Previously on FishbowlNY:
National Bobblehead Museum Founders Go to Bat for Pete Rose