Camden Courier-Post - January 15, 1980

Writers honor Phillies’ Rose

 

Phillies first baseman Pete Rose has been chosen Outstanding Athlete of the 70s Decade by the Philadelphia Sports Writers' Association and will be honored at its 76th annual awards dinner Jan. 28 at the Cherry Hill Hyatt House.

 

Rose will be honored for achievements and consistency during the past decade. During the period, playing at five different fielding positions. Rose collected 2,045 hits for a .314 batting average. In his 17-year career, he has amassed a .312 lifetime average.

 

Last season, his first in a Phillies uniform after 16 years with the Cincinnati Reds, Rose finished second among National League hitters with a .331 average in 163 games, and led the league for a second consecutive season with 159 singles among 208 hits, including the major league's longest consecutive game hitting streak of 23.

 

Rose, who has played in nine all-star games, also was the most valuable player in 1973 and played in four World Series during the decade.

 

Among three dozen others to be honored at the organization's awards dinner are running back Wilbert Montgomery of the Philadelphia Eagles as Outstanding Philadelphia Athlete; middle distance running star Don Paige of Villanova, Outstanding Philadelphia Amateur Athlete; and the Pittsburgh Steelers as 1979 Team of the Year.

 

An award for Most Courageous Athlete will be announced at the dinner.

 

The dinner is open to the public and for more information, call Ed Hogan at 215-632-6456.