Major league baseball legend Pete Rose made his name on the diamond being one of the greatest hitters ever but was served a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989 due to a gambling scandal. Though he is not able to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, he is allowed to be honored during special ceremonies, as he was during last year’s All-Star game. Rose’s most recent application to be reinstated was denied by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred but the Cincinnati Reds have decided to honor him by inducting him into their franchise Hall of Fame.

Growing up in Cincinnati and playing for his favorite childhood team the Reds, in a recent press conference, Rose shared that he will never give up on his dream of being inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

I haven’t given up on Cooperstown. I’m not the type who’s going to give up on anything,” he said. “But this is fine, I’m happy . . . I’m not going to sit here and say it’s the second-best thing, cause it’s not . . . I’m from Cincinnati. This is the first big thing.

The Cincinnati Reds, who will also be retiring Rose’s number 14 jersey along with erecting a statue are more than happy to induct him into their Hall of Fame.

Pete was told that in the immediate future, he probably is not going to be able to look in terms of Cooperstown,” Reds CEO Bob Castellini said Tuesday. “And we certainly wanted to make sure that we picked up that vacuum. The commissioner gave us permission to do that; we couldn’t be more pleased that it is now. Now’s the time.

Pete Rose won two World Series Championships with the Reds back in the 1970s as part of their Big Red Machine and was an integral part of the franchise until his banishment in 1989. Admitting that he placed bets on baseball while actively participating in the sport, he has since become a pariah amongst the league’s front office, but not in the hearts of fans who remember his incredible play on the field.