Pete and Pete

March 14, 1980:

During his time with the Phillies, Pete Rose claimed the Cincinnati Reds’ resistance to kids in the clubhouse was one of his reasons for leaving. The Phillies’ clubhouse not only welcomed children, but encouraged a family atmosphere, welcoming McGraws, Boones, Luzinskis and Pete Rose Jr. into what became known as “The Kiddie Korps”.

Much like his father, Pete Rose Jr. had little trouble making his presence felt. During his father’s first spring with the Phillies in 1979, the nine year-old walked into manager Danny Ozark’s office and demanded to know if his father had a chance of making the team that year. “Petey” became a regular around the club, and is seen here with his father during an exhibition game against the Tigers.

The younger Rose would go on to enjoy his own lengthy career in baseball, spending a year and a half with the Reading Phillies.

Photo: AP Laserphoto

Pete Rose and his son Petey on the field during a 1980 exhibition.

Pete Rose and his son Petey on the field during a 1980 exhibition.