Of all MLB records, Pete Rose's 4,256 career hits stand tallest. Rose's longevity — more than 3,500 games played — and consistency at the plate — have been matched by few others.
The "Hit King" broke Ty Cobb's record at the age of 45, and he also holds the record for the most games played in MLB history, among others. Remarkably, the lifetime .303 hitter and three-time World Series Champion is not even in the Hall of Fame. Shortly before his death, former commissioner Bart Giamatti imposed a lifetime ban on Rose for his admission to gambling on baseball during his days as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.