Players continue to perpetrate fraud
With millions and millions of dollars at stake, the true age of a player is something a team needs very much to know.
The practice of lying about ones' age is par for the baseball course. It is one of the traditions of the game, in fact. Among the countless other lies Pete Rose has told in his life was one about his age. He is currently listed as having been born in 1941. Looking at a copy of the 1968 Sporting News Baseball Register, he is on the books as being born a year later. (That was when TSN was still listing hobbies in the Register. Rose's is "sports." The definition of a "sporting man" is one who wagers. Hmmm ... was he trying to tell us something?) Phillies Whiz Kid Mike Goliat passed away recently and his obituary listed him as being 82 at the time of his death. All the baseball reference books have him down as 78.
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