On this day in 1989, Pete Rose was banned from the game of baseball after irrefutable evidence surfaced that he gambled on the game while playing. Rose broke a nearly hundred-year-old ban against betting, put in place after the 1919 Black Sox scandal that rocked the world of baseball.
The all-time MLB hits leader and iconic player for the Cincinnati Reds petitioned for reinstatement, but in 2015 Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Rose's plea, citing his continued gambling and failure to change his life. The latest hit to the Pete Rose legacy came at the end of July when a woman accused him of statutory rape at the height of his career in the 1970s.
Rose isn't the first sports icon to fall from grace --- and he probably won't be the last. Which sports figured had the biggest fall from grace? Take the poll: