During the 1970s, Rose was married to his first wife, Karolyn, and raising their two children, daughter Fawn and son Pete Jr.
The couple split in 1980 after nearly 16 years of marriage, with Karolyn later citing her famous husband's womanizing as one of the reasons for their breakup.
In her sworn statement filed in court on Monday, the woman suspected of being Rose's underage ex-lover said of their alleged relationship: 'In 1973, when I was 14 or 15 years old, I received a phone call from Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds.
Sometime after that, Pete Rose and I began meeting at a house in Cincinnati.’According to the woman, identified in the motion only as 'Jane Doe,' she and Rose, then aged 34, had sex for the first time in Cincinnati before her 16th birthday, and their relationship lasted for several years and included sexual encounters outside of Ohio.
Rose landed in more trouble the following year, earning a five-month sentence in a Federal correctional institution for tax evasion.
Major League Baseball's all-time hit leader Pete Rose (pictured in June 2017) committed statutory rape by having sex with a girl younger than 16 during the 1970s, according to a sworn statement from the now-grown woman Major League Baseball's all-time hit leader Pete Rose committed statutory rape by having sex with a girl younger than 16 during the 1970s, when he was married with two children, according to a sworn statement from the now-grown woman.
In a written statement included in the motion filed by Dowd's legal team on Monday - and first reported by ESPN and the Cincinnati Enquirer - Rose acknowledged his affair with 'Jane Doe' but claimed that it started in 1975, not 1973, and that he thought she was older than age 16, which is the legal age of consent in Ohio.
Rose also denied meeting the teenager for sex outside of Ohio.His dad, Harry—also known as "Big Pete"—had been a boxer and a semipro football player, and Rose credited him as the model for what would become his intense, hard-charging style.After playing football and baseball at Western Hills High School, Rose signed with the hometown Cincinnati Reds.An investigation revealed that Rose had bet on games while serving as a manager, earning him a permanent suspension from the sport.Peter Edward Rose was born on April 14, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up in nearby Anderson Ferry.He separated Cleveland Indians catcher Ray Fosse's shoulder in a home-plate collision during the 1973 All-Star game, and sparked a brawl with his hard slide into Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson during the 1973 playoffs.