Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti
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Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti

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Collision at Home Plate is a dual biography of Pete Rose, an uncouth but great ballplayer who suffered disgrace and imprisonment, and Bart Giamatti, the baseball commissioner so deeply shaken and bruised by the Rose scandal that he died a week after it was made public. This is the definitive book on one of the most traumatic and tragic episodes in baseball history.
Paperback, 344 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1991)
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Mary Ronan Drew
There are those who say Pete Rose killed Bart Giamatti. That's putting it strongly, but it seems inescapable that with Giamatti's romantic and idealistic view of the game and Pete Rose's earthy hustle and his gambling problems, which eventually seeped into his professional life, the two men were bound to clash. Both suffered.

It's been a while since I read Collision at Home Plate and I wish now I had written down some comments about it at the time. There is a lot of detail in this joint biography...more
Larry Lutz
As a baseball fan - of the game - and an admitted biased anti-Rose fan at that , I found the details and proedural nature of the book only mildly compelling. What did make the book worth a read are the revelations of personality and the nature of Rose and Giamatti's upbringing, and childhood and early career achievements. There was little early on to suggest a collision and yet that's exactly what happened.
Given that the outcome of events was well known, it was satisfying to read how those even...more
Jeff
There is a reason all sports want to separate themselves from the gambling world -- there's a seedy underbelly to it that undermines the integrity of anything it touches. This book really showed the type of people Pete Rose associated with. It also showed the stress Bart Giamati and MLB was put under because of it. Still, the agreement of August 1989 was a "settlement" - Pete would be suspended from baseball, and after a few years he could be reinstated. Who knew Bart Giamati would do only a few...more
Dave
In which the author describes two very different men and the shattering collision of their destinies.

The character portraits are deep and vivid. There's a ton of detail about the gambling allegations.

A pretty fun read.
Rusty
Good for hard facts. Nothing mroe than that, though.
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