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The man who banned Pete Rose from baseball - commissioner Bart Giamatti - is the recipient of this official National League (Giamatti) baseball signed by the all-time hits king. It is cryptically inscribed: "To My Pal Bart Giamatti, Pete Rose" in Rose's own hand. The ball is NRMT and signed on a side panel in 8/10 blue ballpoint pen. The commissioner suffered a fatal heart attack on September 1, 1989, just eight days after banishing Rose from the game.
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