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Spend an evening with baseball legend Pete Rose at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 15

Spend an evening with baseball legend Pete Rose at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 15
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From a press release:

Announced last month as part of the venue’s 2018-2019 season, the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre will host “An Evening with Pete Rose” on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The multimedia event featuring the baseball legend who played for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Montreal Expos will be presented by ESPN Radio.

Tickets, which are $28, $33, $53, and $103 (VIP with meet and greet), plus fees, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100.

“4,192: An Evening with Pete Rose Live” is a Broadway-style theatrical event that captures the golden years of America’s pastime. Baseball’s hit king Pete Rose shares stories of baseball’s past as only he can.

This production uses hi-tech multimedia that creates a game day atmosphere. The stage will be transformed into a field of memories, and the audience will be transported to the golden era of baseball.

Known as “Charlie Hustle” for his hard-charging style, Rose became one of the greatest players in the history of professional baseball and retired as the all-time leader in hits, games, and at-bats.

Rose made his major league debut in 1963 and went on to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. He surpassed 200 hits for the first of a record 10 times in 1965, notched batting titles in 1968 and 1969, and won Gold Gloves for his outfield defense in 1969 and 1970.

In 1989, Rose’s last year as a manager and three years after retiring as a player, he was penalized with permanent ineligibility from baseball amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games while he played for and managed the Reds; the charges of wrongdoing included claims that he bet on his own team. In 1991, the Baseball Hall of Fame formally voted to ban those on the “permanently ineligible” list from induction. After years of public denial, Rose admitted in 2004 that he bet on baseball and on the Reds. The issue of his possible reinstatement and election to the Hall of Fame remains contentious throughout baseball.