Talking to Yogi Berra about baseball is like talking to Homer about the gods.
~A. Bartlett Giamatti
On March 20, 1989, Peter Ueberroth, the commissioner of baseball, and commissioner-elect A. Bartlett Giamatti released a statement that Major League Baseball was investigating the allegations surrounding Reds’ manager Pete Rose and gambling. According to the statement, the commissioner’s office “has for several months been conducting a full inquiry into serious allegations involving Mr. Pete Rose.” While the commissioner’s office declined further comment, rumors of a possible suspension surrounded the investigation.
Following weeks of legal back-and-forth, on 24 August 1989, baseball Commissioner Giamatti bans Pete Rose from baseball for life for gambling on Major League games. Rose signs a five-page agreement accepting the ban, but he never admits to gambling on baseball.