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Pete Rose Visits Hattiesburg, Talks Second Chances

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One of Major League Baseball's most polarizing figures makes an appearance in Hattiesburg.

Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose signed autographs and took pictures for his fans at Gulf Coast Cards in Turtle Creek Mall over the weekend.

The hit king declined an on-camera interview, but he spoke with WHLT on the phone about getting a second chance.

"People understand that I understand that I made a mistake, and they're willing to let me go on with my life and give me a second chance, and by the support I get from autograph sessions proves that out to be true so I really appreciate the opportunity to be given a second chance," says Rose.

Rose was banned from baseball for life in 1989 for gambling on Major League Baseball games.

He admits denying it for 15 years was a mistake - one that he says today's professionals could learn from.

"I wish that I could relate my mistakes to young players today, so somehow they wouldn't make the same mistake that I did, or that A-Rod did or that Braun did - don't lie," says Rose. "Come forward as quickly as you possibly can and get it behind you, and people will usually give you a second chance."

As for the event itself, Rose considers being in Hattiesburg a unique experience.

"One good thing that this town's got that no other town has - it's got Brett Favre," says Rose.

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