Originally Posted by westofyou
The game was almost destroyed by gambling in the early part of the 20th century, the 1919 series is a result of looking the other way for almost 2 decades, the ensuing result was the growth of the game that made Pete a very rich man, legally.
However that was not good enough for him and he decided he was above the game, but guess what? He wasn't and still isn't, citing incidents from 100 years ago does nothing to lighten Roses guilt, if anything it heightens how far the game has come since then
Not that this justifies Rose in anyway, but baseball looked the other way the whole of his playing days. Everyone knew he had a gambling problem and nothing was done until Bart decided to do something.
It's easy to understand why Rose was shocked by how hard baseball came down on him, considering the treatment he had gotten up to that point.