Pete Rose joins 4,000 hit club
Following the 1983 season the Philadelphia Phillies were ready to move forward without Pete Rose in the starting line-up. Rather than opting to ride the bench in Philadelphia, Rose opted for free agency for the second time in his career.
The Montreal Expos were in need of a player that would sell tickets, especially with Rose on the verge of joining Ty Cobb in the 4,000 hit club. Rose signed a one-year contract to wear Montreal’s tricolour on Jan.20, 1984.
During the Expos’ eighth of the season, Rose had a chase to collect his 4,000th hit in Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium.
Rose’s inability to make history in his hometown turned into a box office boon for the Expos and their home opener on April 13, 1984. With 48,000 fans on hand at Olympic Stadium, Rose slapped a double off of the Phillies’ Jerry Koosman. The historic hit sparred a two-run fourth inning that helped the Expos earn at 5-1 victory over Rose’s former club.
Rose struggled throughout the next 86 games at the plate or in the field, which included 43 games in left field. With the Expos he had a .259 batting average and a .295 slugging percentage in 95 games.
The Expos finally ended their experiment with Rose on Aug. 15, 1984 when they dealt him to the Reds in exchange for infielder Tom Lawless. The same day, the Reds fired manager Vern Rapp and named Rose player/manager.