Former Dodger manager Tom Lasorda heatedly denied an accusation that he'd regularly spoken with Pete Rose during Rose's managerial career with the Cincinnati Reds, unwittingly providing information that Rose used to bet on major league baseball games.
"That's a lie," Lasorda said Tuesday.
In his forthcoming book, "My Prison Without Bars," Rose recants his stance that he never wagered on baseball but insists he never bet against the Reds and never placed bets from the clubhouse. Tommy Gioiosa, a onetime gambling associate of Rose, said he repeatedly witnessed Rose bet from the clubhouse, often doing so after soliciting information from rival managers under the guise of a friendly phone call.
"He'd call [Detroit Tiger Manager] Sparky Anderson, Tommy Lasorda, asking how their pitchers were, who was playing and stuff and then he'd hang up, laughing like a kid, saying, like, 'I got good information,' " Gioiosa told the Boston Herald.
Anderson, who managed the Reds when Rose played for the team, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Lasorda vehemently denied receiving any such calls from Rose.
"He'd never be calling me," said Lasorda, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1997. "Never once did he call me and ask about a pitcher or a player."