Rose says Hall induction won't be possible until he dies

July 21, 2012 

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Former Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose (14) is driven onto the field during ceremonies celebrating the 25th anniversary of Rose breaking Ty Cobb's hit record prior to a baseball game between the Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)


Pete Rose says he takes great pride in being able to watch Barry Larkin enter Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday.

But Larkin's former manager with the Cincinnati Reds, doesn't think he'll live to enjoy his own induction.

Rose, 71, is ineligible for the Hall because of his past involvement with sports gambling. He thinks he might ultimately be considered once he dies.

"What it's going to take to get over this is for this heart to stop beating," Rose said, tapping his chest, during an interview Friday with the Daily Star of Oneonta, N.Y., near Cooperstown.

Still, Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, plans to enjoy Larkin's induction.

"We're just glad to be a small part of what's going on," Rose told the Daily Star. "It's more special to me this year because Barry is going in. He is my first player going in."

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