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Pete ‘The Hit King’ Rose: How I Got My Other Nickname—‘Charlie Hustle’

Pete Rose may be a lot of things, but lazy isn’t one of them—as two equally great New York Yankees were quick to attest.

Interviewed on BEST Business Radio, the former Cincinnati Reds star recalls how he got dubbed “Charlie Hustle.”

“The name was given to me when I was trying out for the Reds in spring training in 1963,” he tells host Doug Huggins.

"Whether you're playin' baseball or you're in business to sell a product, you can't cheat the fans," Pete (above) tells us. "Fans are customers, customers are fans."

"Whether you're playin' baseball or you're in business to sell a product, you can't cheat the fans," Pete (above) tells us. "Fans are customers, customers are fans."

“We played the New York Yankees in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. And I did a couple of things in that game and Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford were talking to the New York press after the game and Mickey said to Whitey—or Whitey said to Mickey—‘Did you see that? Charlie Hustle beat us today!’

“And the next day in the New York paper it said, ‘Charlie Hustle Beats Yanks.’ My name was created at that time. And about three weeks later I ended up makin’ the Reds for the first time.”

Pete, who holds the all-time record—among many others—for most career hits (4,256), also discusses how he Continue reading