5. Pete Rose
Baseball’s all-time hit leader was a lock to not only enter the Hall of Fame, but do so on the first ballot. Who in their right mind wouldn’t vote for a guy with 4,256 hits, 17 All-Star games and three World Series wins? But it was Pete who wasn’t in his right mind. In 1989, it came out that as manager of the Reds he had been betting on baseball games, including Reds games. Rose denied the charges, but there was enough evidence to have him permanently banned from the sport that he had played and managed for 25 years at the Major league level. He cannot enter the Hall of Fame. His No. 14 cannot be retired by the Reds. He is not allowed to attend Anniversary Events of the great Reds teams and the 1980 Phillies. One of the greatest hitters in baseball’s history is spending his twilight shunned by baseball, but welcomed by another "sport": Professional wrestling, where he has appeared at three Wrestlemania events. —Johnny Goodtimes
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