The Pete Rose Years – 1986 Topps part 5
The fifth card in the Pete Rose Years subset featured the Hit King’s biggest move of all. He traded his hometown Cincinnati Reds uniform for the Philadelphia Phillies uni.
Topps inserted a special subset into the beginning of its 1986 regular set to honor Rose for becoming major league baseball’s all-time hit leader with 4,192 hits on Sept. 11, 1985
The fifth card in the tribute series featured thumbnail versions of Rose’s cards from 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1983 Topps set.
My favorite card in this set is the 1979 offering, which was his final with Cincinnati until 1985. This particular card is only action shot of the bunch and features Rose leaving the batter’s box after smacking the ball.
With perennial all-star and Dayton native Mike Schmidt entrenched at third base, Rose was forced to switch to first base. Rose became the highest-paid athlete in team sports when the Phillies signed him to a four-year, $3.2-million contract as a free agent.
Just a few months before bolting to Philadelphia, Rose passed Honus Wagner with 2,427th single to become the National League’s all-time base hitter.
Rose was the final piece of the puzzle to help lead the Phillies to the 1980 World Series championship.
During his first three years in Philadelphia, Rose started to re-write the record books.
On Aug. 15, 1980, he notched his 3,500th hit in New York on August 15.
The next season, he passed Stan Musial’s record for most hits in the National League with 3,631st hit on Aug. 10, 1981.
Rose moved immediately behind Cobb on baseball’s all-time hit list on June 22, 1982. He passed Hank Aaron with his 3,772nd during a big league record tying seventh hitting streak of 20 or more games.
Within these four years, Rose made it to four more all-star games. By the end of 1982, Rose has totaled 3,869 hits only 322 away from catching Cobb.