Ball autographed by Pete Rose to Donald Trump. Photo via Facebook
Ball autographed by Pete Rose to Donald Trump. Photo via Facebook
Donald Trump, hoping to win Ohio on Tuesday, is making a pitch for fans of Pete Rose, 74, the former Cincinnati Reds star shunned by the Baseball Hall of Fame for gambling on his own game.

The GOP front-runner also got Charlie Hustle’s endorsement.

As MSNBC.com noted:

“Rose has been vilified in many circles for his persistent equivocating on the gambling issue, but he still garners widespread support in Ohio, where he spent his most celebrated years as a player for the Cincinnati Reds, which won two World Series titles during his tenure with the team.

“Much of which likely contributes to why Trump has aligned himself with the hometown hero in the hopes of prying a victory out of the hands of popular Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who narrowly leads him in most polls ahead of Tuesday’s winner-take-all GOP primary.”

At a campaign rally in Ohio on Sunday, Trump told attendees: “‘Charlie Hustle, right? So I watched him and he was a great player. And it’s so ridiculous. Don’t you think he’s paid the price? First of all, he didn’t bet … he bet that he would win, not on the other team or anything. Right? But look, he’s not supposed to do it, it’s a terrible thing, all that stuff. How long has he been waiting like 30 years, 35 years?”

Trump also said: “We gotta let Pete Rose into the Hall of Fame.”

Stepping up to the plate on social media:

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