Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In the new evidence, Pete Rose's biggest betting loss was on the '86 Celtics. How'd that happen?

Unfortunately, the Celtics bet does not appear in the picture, a photograph of the notebook ESPN's Outside the Lines acquired that belonged to Pete Rose's associate Michael Bertolini and contained records of their gambling.

Here are some quotes from ESPN.com's story:

"The documents obtained by Outside the Lines, which reflect betting records from March through July 1986, show no evidence that Rose, who was a player-manager in 1986, bet against his team. They provide a vivid snapshot of how extensive Rose's betting life was in 1986: 
In the time covered in the notebook, from March through July, Rose bet on at least one MLB team on 30 different days. It's impossible to count the exact number of times he bet on baseball games because not every day's entries are legible." 
"Most bets, regardless of sport, were about $2,000. The largest single bet was $5,500 on the Boston Celtics, a bet he lost. 
Rose bet heavily on college and professional basketball, losing $15,400 on one day in March. That came during his worst week of the four-month span, when he lost $25,500."

I really wish they shared the details (opponent, location and point spread) of Rose's Celtics bet, because I'm fairly certain he must have taken a bad beat on that one.  The 1985-86 Celts were one of the greatest NBA teams of all time, going 67-15 in the regular season and 15-3 in the playoffs on their way to winning the title.  Combined, the C's went 50-1 at home that year at the Boston Garden (Friday, December 6, 1985, the Portland Trail Blazers ruined the perfect home season).

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