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Going under the radar toward Cooperstown

Now that Pete Rose seems closer to reinstatement than ever before, he has apparently chosen discretion over cash flow, reducing the frequency of his public appearances.

Updated: July 27, 2003, 2:17 PM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Pete Rose's souvenir shop here at 91 Main Street was crowded, autograph and memorabilia collectors wedging their way through the front door. Yogi Berra signed from 10 to 11, Whitey Ford from 11:30 to 1, and Reggie Jackson was scheduled from 4 to 6. But Pete Rose was missing from Pete Rose Ballpark Collectibles today.

Since being banned from baseball in 1989, Rose has appeared here intermittently, usually on the Saturday before the induction ceremonies, unconcerned about ...

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