Pete Rose deflects questions about allegations of sexual abuse

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pete Rose deflected questions Sunday about his first appearance on the field in Philadelphia since the franchise scrapped 2017 plans to honor him because of a woman’s allegation that she had a sexual relationship with baseball’s hitting king when she was a minor.

“That was 55 years ago, babe,” Rose told a women’s baseball writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The 81-year-old Rose declined to answer several questions in the dugout moments after a team photo in the outfield meant to celebrate Phillies‘ 1980 World Series championship team and other former players. The original 1980 anniversary celebration was postponed for two seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rose made his first appearance on the field in Philadelphia since receiving a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball in August 1989. He agreed to the ban after an MLB investigation by attorney John Dowd found that Rose placed numerous bets on undefined winning from 1985-87 while playing for and managing the team.

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