In family matters, Cobb had expected his boys to be exceptional athletes, especially baseball players. Cobb, Jr. flunked out of Princeton, where he had played on the varsity tennis team much to the dismay of Cobb, Sr. The elder Cobb subsequently traveled to the Princeton campus and beat his son with a whip to ensure against future academic failure. (Stump (1994). Cobb: A Biography.) Both his marriages ended in divorce, and even though he had five children by his first wife, his relations with all were not close.In my opinion, Rule 5 of the policy of admittance into the Baseball Hall of Fame is wrong. It should only focus on the aspects of baseball. Playing ability, record, and work ethic are the only traits that need to be examined. If a man wanted to get into the "Most Honorable Person" Hall of Fame, then his character would need to be dissected and examined. And, maybe, such an exhibit should be established for those who have shown these exemplary qualities on and off the field. Pete Rose wants into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he needs to be granted permission because of his baseball record and ability. Does his lifetime ban extend to his own lifetime or too the lifetime of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame? Here is the actual wording. Does Rose's eventual death bring an end to his lifetime ban?
"The banishment for life of Pete Rose from baseball is the sad end of a sorry episode. One of the game's greatest players has engaged in a variety of acts which have stained the game, and he must now live with the consequences of those acts. By choosing not to come to a hearing before me, and by choosing not to proffer any testimony or evidence contrary to the evidence and information contained in the report of the Special Counsel to the Commissioner, Mr. Rose has accepted baseball's ultimate sanction, lifetime ineligibility."
Statement by then Commissioner of Baseball, A. Bartlett Giamatti, August 24, 1989
Babe Ruth broke federal laws by drinking during prohibition. Babe Ruth broke federal laws by drinking during prohibition.