A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 28, 2014
“Somebody’s gotta win and somebody’s gotta lose and I believe in letting the other guy lose”

Pete Rose was a fiercely competitive baseball player. In an interview with Esquire magazine that was published in 1974, Rose said:

“Winning is the only thing. Somebody’s gotta win and somebody’s gotta lose — and I believe in letting the other guy lose. Some people say it matters not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. Well, that’s a lot of toro poopo — that’s what I say when I’m on the banquet circuit; you can’t say bullshit in front of kids.”

An Associated Press story in March 1975 revealed that Rose had received the philosophy from his father:

“He always said if it’s true somebody’s got to win or lose, then let the other guy lose.”


Wikipedia: Pete Rose
Peter Edward “Pete” Rose (born April 14, 1941), also known for his nickname “Charlie Hustle”, is a former Major League Baseball player and manager. Rose played from 1963 to 1986, and managed from 1984 to 1989.

Rose, a switch hitter, is the all-time Major League leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053), and outs (10,328). He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and also made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five different positions (2B, LF, RF, 3B, & 1B).

Google Books
Esquire
Volume 82
1974
Pg. 211:
“Winning is the only thing. Somebody’s gotta win and somebody’s gotta lose — and I believe in letting the other guy lose. Some people say it matters not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. Well, that’s a lot of toro poopo — that’s what I say when I’m on the banquet circuit; you can’t say bullshit in front of kids.”

11 March 1975, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, “Ty Cobb one player Reds’ Rose admired” by Will Grimsley, pg. 9A, col. 4:
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—“I guess I got my attitude from my dad,” Cincinnati’s firebrand, Pete Rose, said Monday. “He always said if it’s true somebody’s got to win or lose, then let the other guy lose.”

Google Books
Pete Rose:
My Life in Baseball

By Pete Rose
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
1979
Pg. 122:
If you are out there playing a game for two and a half hours, and someone is going to win and someone is going to lose, let the other guy lose. You have more fun when you win.

Twitter
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‏@4192Movie
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Google Books
The Little Red Book of Baseball Wisdom
Edited by Wayne Stewart
New York, NY: Constable & Robinson
2012
Pg. ?:
“Somebody’s gotta win and somebody’s gotta lose—and I believe in letting the other guy lose.”
—BATTING CHAMP PETE ROSE

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‏@lessonsbaseball
“Somebody’s gotta win and somebody’s gotta lose and I believe in letting the other guy lose.” - Pete Rose #baseball pic.twitter.com/857V0ZmEUq
8:08 AM - 25 Feb 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Friday, February 28, 2014 • Permalink