[The mob] had a mortgage on Pete while he was a player and manager.”
Yes, he admitted in 2004, after almost 15 years of denials, he had placed bets on baseball, but he insisted it was only as a manager.
The two inspectors spotted an item that a complainant said had not been returned. It’s another device by Pete to try to excuse what he did,” Dowd said. The largest single bet was $5,500 on the Boston Celtics, a bet he lost.
“The rule says, if you bet, it doesn’t say for or against. All were denied on the grounds that the notebook had been introduced as a grand jury exhibit and contained information “concerning third parties who were not of investigative interest.”
“Bertolini nails down the connection to organized crime on Long Island and New York. After Bertolini pleaded guilty and received a federal prison sentence, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, ESPN and other news organizations filed freedom of information requests with the U.S. Dowd recently met with MLB CIO and executive vice president of administration John McHale Jr., who is leading Manfred’s review of Rose’s reinstatement request, to walk McHale through his investigation. There was a for sale sign out front, the agent told him. This closes the door,” said John Dowd, the former federal prosecutor who led MLB’s investigation.
Rose, through his lawyer, Raymond Genco, issued a statement: “Since we submitted the application earlier this year, we committed to MLB that we would not comment on specific matters relating to reinstatement. They provide a vivid snapshot of how extensive Rose’s betting life was in 1986:
Flynn, who said her first reaction was “Holy mackerel,” said they asked Bertolini about the notebook.
In April, Outside the Lines examined the Bertolini memorabilia kept in the National Archives’ New York office, but the betting book — held apart from everything else — was off-limits. To be sure, I’m eager to sit down with [MLB commissioner Rob] Manfred to address my entire history — the good and the bad — and my long personal journey since baseball. Postal Inspection Service in October 1989, nearly two months after Rose was declared permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball.
Bertolini offered his take on the raid during his sentencing hearing in U.S. 13, a few days after the undercover house tour and after obtaining a search warrant, they searched Bertolini’s home and found evidence that would lead to numerous convictions. Their authenticity has been verified by two people who took part in the raid, which was part of a mail fraud investigation and unrelated to gambling. “[Ohio bookie] Ron Peters is a golf pro, so he’s got other occupations. And, of course, [Rose] betting while he was a player.”
Dowd said he wished he’d had the Bertolini notebook in 1989, but he didn’t need it to justify Rose’s banishment. For 26 years, the notebook has remained under court-ordered seal and is currently stored in the National Archives’ New York office, where officials have declined requests to release it publicly.
The timing for Rose, who played in 72 games in 1986, isn’t great. The documents go beyond the evidence presented in the 1989 Dowd report that led to Rose’s banishment and provide the first written record that Rose bet while he was still on the field.
o But on 21 of the days it’s clear he bet on baseball, he gambled on the Reds, including on games in which he played.
But Rose’s supporters have based part of their case for his reinstatement on his claim that he never bet while he was a player or against his team, saying that sins he committed as a manager shouldn’t diminish what he did as a player.
“This does it. He refused to give them to us,” Dowd said. But one item stood out: In a box of papers in the basement, Barney said, was a spiral notebook filled with handwritten entries.
o Most bets, regardless of sport, were about $2,000. Both agents, former supervisor Craig Barney and former inspector Mary Flynn, said the records were indeed copies of the notebook they seized.
“He wasn’t forthcoming with much information,” she said, “but he did acknowledge to me it was records of bets he made for Pete Rose.”. That gave them probable cause to seek a search warrant.
Although the 1989 raid on Bertolini’s house received immediate news coverage, nothing about a betting book became public for five years. “This is the final piece of the puzzle on a New York betting operation with organized crime. There was stuff everywhere,” Barney said.
The documents obtained by Outside the Lines, which reflect betting records from March through July 1986, show no evidence that Rose, who was a player-manager in 1986, bet against his team. In March of this year, he applied to Manfred for reinstatement.
Last year, Outside the Lines again applied unsuccessfully for access to the notebook but learned it had been transferred to the National Archives under a civil action titled “United States v. And that is a very powerful problem,” Dowd said. The man’s name was Michael Bertolini, and the business he ran out of his home was called Hit King Marketing Inc.
Outside the Lines tracked down two of the postal inspectors who conducted the raid on Bertolini’s home in 1989 and asked them to review the documents. “It was such a mess. “We didn’t know anything about Bertolini or his connection [to Rose].”
o In the time covered in the notebook, from March through July, Rose bet on at least one MLB team on 30 different days. The postal inspector’s office in Brooklyn, New York, had received a complaint that a man in Staten Island had failed to return goods to paying customers that he was supposed to have autographed. Under MLB Rule 21, “Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty More Info