Pete RoseJohn Dowd, now 74, is the investigator whose 1989 report on Pete Rose’s gambling practices led to the all-time hit king’s lifetime banishment from baseball.

During a radio show with WCHE in West Chester, he dropped another bombshell… He claims that Rose had a thing for under-aged girls.  Very, under-aged girls in fact.

Dowd told hosts Bill Werndl and Paul Jolovitz on July 13 that Rose confidant Michael Bertolini “Told us that not only did he run bets, but he ran young girls for him down in spring training. Ages 12-14. Isn’t that lovely? So that’s statutory rape every time you do that.”

Rose fired back in an interview with NJ Advance Media in which he adamantly denied the claims.  He said:

“Where was my family all of this time in spring training? I never went to spring training without my family except for first year when I was a rookie. It’s shocking.  What level are they going to reach to next? What’s Dowd going to talk about next? Something from 50 years ago when I was 24 years old? I don’t know why anybody would believe that. It’s unbelievable. That’s the best one so far.”

 All this coming at a time when real momentum is building for Rose’s reinstatement to baseball.
In that same podcast, Dowd says he doesn’t believe the hit king will ever be allowed back in.  Dowd added:
“I don’t think Commissioner Manfred is a fool,”

This is quite a claim to casually throw out there without hard evidence to back it up.  If Rose did it, he should have to face the consequences of his actions.

But this kind of feels like mudslinging from someone who’s biggest catch is about to get off the hook.

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