You had to admire the way Pete Rose played baseball. Judging by what he did on the field, he earned the right to be in baseball’s Hall of Fame. He is still the all-time hits leader with 4,256. Over a 24-year playing career he was named to the All-Star team 17 times; and he had an incredible fielding percentage of .991 despite playing four different positions. The gusto with which he threw himself—literally—into the game earned him the nickname Charlie Hustle. Unlike some professional athletes today, Rose needed no special motivation to play hard.