3 Big moments on this day in Phillies history
By Rylie Smith
Pete Rose passed Mickey Mantle’s record of most runs scored by a switch-hitter
On this day in 1978, Pete Rose crossed home plate for the 1677th time in his career which officially passed Mickey Mantle’s record of 1676 runs scored by a switch-hitter. After a 24-year career that ended in 1986, Rose remains the switch-hitter leader in MLB with a total of 2165 runs scored.
Rose, to this day, is one of the best batters in MLB history. He still holds multiple records despite retiring several decades ago and set the bar high for current and future players. He currently remains the career-hit leader with 4256 hits. He worked hard toward these high achievements and, according to ESPN, wasn’t a natural talent.
"“In his first pro season, 1960, Rose batted .277 and led his Class D league in errors. He lifted weights, gaining bulk and strength, and blossomed the next year. In 1963, the player who was known as “Hollywood” in the minors became the Reds’ second baseman and hit .273, winning Rookie of the Year honors.” -Bob Carter, via ESPN"
Most of Rose’s MLB career was with the Cincinnati Reds, but he made a mark on every team he joined. He quickly became an asset and a valuable team player in the league and was likely on his way to a Hall of Fame induction before facing a lifetime ban from MLB.