Last week the Cincinnati Reds celebrated the 25th anniversary of 4192—the number of career hits Pete Rose collected by September 11, 1985. The mark established Rose as the player with the most hits in Major League history. It is a mark that no current baseball player appears capable of surpassing, a mark that will stand for a long time to come.
During the remembrances and festivities, this piece came out about Eric Show, the pitcher who gave up the recording setting hit. The article is long but gripping. Show’s was a life marked by pain, loneliness, and addiction. He professed faith in Christ but continually struggled with a multitude of sins—some of others against him, some his own. An abusive father, often un-accepting teammates, and drug addiction all plagued him through his life.