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Reds inducting Pete Rose into team's Hall of Fame, retiring jersey

Pete Rose (FOX19 NOW file) Pete Rose (FOX19 NOW file)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19/AP) -

Pete Rose is finally getting into the Hall of Fame. The Reds Hall of Fame, that is.

The Hit King will be inducted during the 2016 Reds Hall of Fame Induction this June. His number 14 jersey will also be retired.

The honor means Rose, 74, no longer has to ask permission to participate in Reds celebratory events, Bob Castellini, Reds' President and CEO, said at a press conference Tuesday.

Pete Rose and Rick Walls, Executive Director of the Reds, also attended the announcement.  

The board of directors changed by-laws to get Rose into the HOF.  The laws previously prohibited anyone on baseball’s ineligible list.

Rose was selected as the sole inductee for the class of 2016.

The Reds' team hall of fame induction is planned for the weekend of June 24-26. The 1976 team will also be honored that weekend.

The Reds' announcement came after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred last month rejected Rose's application for reinstatement. Manfred concluded that baseball's career hits leader continued to gamble even while seeking to end the lifetime ban imposed in 1989 for betting on numerous Reds games while playing for and managing the team.

Rose wore the uniform of his hometown Reds from 1963-1978 and again from 1984-1986.

On Tuesday, Castellini said in a statement that inducting Rose into the Reds' hall will be "a defining moment" in franchise history.

"He is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Reds uniform and it will be an unforgettable experience watching him being honored as such," he said.

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