Pete Rose Hit Streak Ends at 44

Pete Rose is one of the most well-known names in baseball.  The switch-hitter’s remarkable career includes becoming the all-time leader in hits, at-bats, and outs.  Although Rose’s career is considered to be slightly tarnished by gambling accusations, it is undeniable that Pete Rose was one of the best hitters in MLB history, which is made evident by his late 1970’s hit streak.

On this day, August 1st, in 1978, Pete Rose’s 44-game hit streak came to an end against the Atlanta Braves.  The run began on June 14th and gained notable media attention after Rose reached 30 games.  Rose’s 44-game streak was twelve games shy of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game record.

Upon being struck out in the 9th inning by Gene Garber, Rose was clearly disappointed.  Rose was quoting accusing the Braves of treating the game like the 9th inning of the 7th game in the World Series.