Opening Day Countdown: Quintessential Red #14

Honorable mention: Si Johnson, Rocky Bridges, Willie Jones, Sammy Meeks, Claude Corbitt, Hank Johnson, and everyone else who wore #14 that you've never heard of.

Dishonorable mention: Pete Rose, Jr.

1. Peter Edward Rose (78.0 WAR)

Charlie Hustle. Born and raised here, Rose is the voice of a generation of Cincinnatians. He's always had the reputation here as a hardworking local boy done good, and it wasn't even mentioning anyone else on that list. He played for the Reds for 19 seasons, breaking into the league in 1963 and hanging up his cleats in 1986 after his third season being player/manager.

His huge impact here started right away, after he won the starting 2B job as a 22-year-old rookie who had never played above A-ball. He OPS'd .705 that year, which was good enough for Rookie of the Year honors in '63. He made his first All-Star team in '65, one of 13 he'd make with the Reds (of his 17 total). He won Gold Gloves in the outfield in '69 and '70. He played all over the diamond, spending significant time everywhere but shortstop and catcher.

And then, of course, there's the longevity. Rose played in 3,562 games, had 15,890 plate appearances, and had 14,053 at bats, all MLB records. He won 3 batting titles and even led the league in OBP twice. He led the league in hits 7 times, and as everyone knows, leads MLB history in that category as well with 4,256.

Obviously there's more that happened with Pete off the field, but we're focusing on the place where he wore #14. Here's your trivia question for today: Pete wasn't much of a base stealer, but broke 20 in one season. How old was he in the season when he accomplished that feat?

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