"Dedication was not something I read about," Rose once said. "I lived with it."
And he turned it into a style of play that made him unique. Although he did not invent the head-first slide, he made it a trademark, hurling his body through the air only to skid to the ground as he neared his destination. Not only has he run out every ground ball of his career, he still runs full speed to first base on walks.
And while other players aged, he kept going. In 1963, Rose barely beat out Ron Hunt for Rookie of the Year honors; Hunt retired as a player in 1974, 11 years ago.
Rose's teammate, Dave Parker, calls him "Dad" and says: "The fact that Pete has been doing what he does for every day through two decades turns other players on automatically."
COUNTDOWN TO 4,192: PETE ROSE'S FINAL 10 HITS
4,183 A line single to right-center in the 11th inning off St. Louisright-hander Jeff Lahti on Aug. 28.
4,184 A hit-and-run, ground single to right in the third inning offPittsburgh right-hander Jose DeLeon on Aug. 29.
4,185 A ground single up the middle in the sixth inning off Pittsburghright-hander Rick Rhoden on Sept. 1
4,186 A bouncing single over the head of third baseman Jim Morrison in the eighth inning off Pittsburgh right-hander Rick Rhoden on Sept. 1.
4,187 A single to right in the eighth inning off St. Louis left-handerKen Dayley on Sept. 4.
4,188 A two-run second-inning home run into right-field bleachers inWrigley Field on a 3-2 pitch from Chicago's Derek Botelho on Sept. 6.
4,189 A line single in the sixth inning to right-center on the first pitchfrom Chicago's Reggie Patterson on Sept. 6.
4,190 A line single in the first inning to left-center on the first pitchfrom Chicago's Reggie Patterson on Sept. 8.
4,191 A line single to right in the fifth inning off Chicago's ReggiePatterson on Sept. 8.
4,192 A line single to left-center in the first inning off San Diego'sEric Show on Sept. 11.