This 1973 flashback features ABC’s legendary sportscaster Keith Jackson reflecting on his interview with Mets 3B Coach Bud Harrelson prior to the 1986 NLCS between the Houston Astros vs N Y Mets….as the ex-Mets SS back in 1973 recollects his fight with Reds OF Pete Rose.
Derrel McKinley “Bud” Harrelson (born June 6, 1944) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop….who played for the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers from 1965 to 1980. After retiring, he served as a coach for the World Champion 1986 Mets….as seen in this video herewith….afterwhich he served as manager of the Mets in 1990 and 1991 seasons. He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1986. Harrelson remains the only person in New York Mets history to take part in both of the Mets’ World Series championships….which he won as a member of the 1969 team as a player…..and in 1986 as a coach.
Peter Edward Rose Sr. (born April 14, 1941), also known by his nickname “Charlie Hustle“, is an American former professional baseball player and manager…..who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1963 to 1986….and managed from 1984 to 1989. Rose was a switch hitter and is the all-time MLB leader in hits (4,256)….games played (3,562)….at-bats (14,053)….singles (3,215)….and outs (10,328). He won three World Series rings….three batting titles….one Most Valuable Player Award….along with two Gold Gloves….and the Rookie of the Year Award….all while making 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five positions including second baseman, left fielder, right fielder, third baseman, and first baseman). Rose won both of his Gold Gloves when he was an outfielder, in 1969 and 1970. To say Pete Rose was one of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game would be a gross understatement…. as he ranks with the best of the best.