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The tortured life of Eric Show

Pitcher who gave up Pete Rose's record hit lived, and died, with heavy burden

Updated: September 11, 2010, 11:52 AM ET
By Tom Friend | ESPN.com

SAN DIEGO -- Back then, the news came in on Teletype, not over the Internet. Pete Rose had just slapped two hits at Wrigley Field, bringing his career total to 4,191, and somewhere up there, Ty Cobb was fidgeting … or having a gin and tonic. One more base hit and Rose would break Cobb's all-time hits record, a mark that had stood for nearly 60 years. Everyone in baseball wanted a bird's-eye view, but one team in particular was about to see it up close and maybe too personal: the woebegone ...

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