Lower School Boys Explore Life of Former Baseball Star Pete Rose

The Lower School performing arts class presented the production, “Breaking Records, Breaking Rules: A Pete Rose Story,” on May 7. Written and directed by Head Librarian Sarah Murphy, the play provided food for thought over the controversy surrounding former Major League Baseball player and manager Pete Rose, who, in 1989, three years after he retired as an active player, agreed to permanent ineligibility from baseball following accusations he gambled on games. In 2004, he finally admitted to betting on baseball and on (but not against) the Cincinnati Reds, a team he played for and managed.

The Browning boys’ play took a look at both sides of this highly controversial athlete. Mr. Rose, in fact, is the all-time Major League leader in hits, games played, at-bats, singles and outs. To this day, some consider him a hero who has done the proper penance, while others say his shortcomings can’t be dismissed.