5 Unforgettable Baseball Scandals


Pete Goes to Prison

Eleven cents -- that was what Pete Rose was earning each day in the summer of 1990 as he began a prison term in Illinois. It was the culmination of a riches-to-rags story that still provokes debate [source: USA Today].

Following a Hall-of-Fame-worthy career on the field, rumors began to circulate that the Cincinnati Reds manager was gambling on baseball. A Major League investigation uncovered that Rose had even bet on his own team, although never for them to lose. Disgraced, Rose was permanently banned from the sport and pleaded guilty to concealing his income, resulting in his stay behind bars. Still, it wasn't until 2004 that he publicly admitted he'd placed wagers on the sport he loved. As of 2012, his applications for reinstatement to Major League Baseball have been denied [source: USA Today].