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Keith O'Brien with Chad Finn: Charlie Hustle

Keith O'Brien with Chad Finn: Charlie Hustle

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 7:00PM ET
Event address: 
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA 02446-2908

In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of Charlie Hustle with author Keith O'Brien, in conversation with Chad Finn.

 

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Charlie Hustle: The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball

A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK • From New York Times bestselling author Keith O'Brien, a captivating chronicle of the incredible story of one of America’s most iconic, charismatic, and still polarizing figures—baseball immortal Pete Rose—and an exquisite cultural history of baseball and America in the second half of the twentieth century

“Baseball biography at its best. With Charlie Hustle, Pete Rose finally gets the book he deserves, and baseball fans get the book we’ve been craving, a hard-hitting, beautifully-written tale that will stand for years to come as the definitive account of one of the most fascinating figures in American sports history.”—Jonathan Eig, New York Times bestselling author of King: A Life

Pete Rose is a legend. A baseball god. He compiled more hits than anyone in the history of baseball, a record he set decades ago that still stands today. He was a working-class white guy from Cincinnati who made it; less talented than tough, and rough around the edges. He was everything that America wanted and needed him to be, the American dream personified, until he wasn’t.

In the 1980s, Pete Rose came to be at the center of one of the biggest scandals in baseball history. He kept secrets, ran with bookies, took on massive gambling debts, and he was magnificently, publicly cast out for betting on baseball and lying about it. The revelations that followed ruined him, changed life in Cincinnati, and forever altered the game.

Charlie Hustle tells the full story of one of America’s most epic tragedies—the rise and fall of Pete Rose. Drawing on firsthand interviews with Rose himself and with his associates, as well as on investigators' reports, FBI and court records, archives, a mountain of press coverage, Keith O’Brien chronicles how Rose fell so far from being America’s “great white hope.” It is Pete Rose as we've never seen him before.

This is no ordinary sport biography, but cultural history at its finest. What O’Brien shows is that while Pete Rose didn’t change, America and baseball did. This is the story of that change.

Keith O'Brien is the New York Times bestselling author of Paradise Falls, Fly Girls, and Outside Shot, a finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting, and an award-winning journalist. O’Brien has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico, and his stories have also appeared on National Public Radio and This American Life. He lives in New Hampshire.

Moderator Chad Finn is a sports and sports media columnist at The Boston Globe. He is the editor of The Boston Globe Story of the Red Sox and the upcoming The Boston Globe Story of the Celtics, which will be published by Black Dog & Leventhal in October 2024. He has won multiple Associated Press Sports Editors awards, including for a multimedia project in 2018 on LeBron James’s time in NBA summer league in Boston. His favorite projects have included an oral history of Larry Bird’s 60-point game and profiles of former Dennis Eckersley and Cooper Flagg for the Globe Magazine. He has had stories selected for the notables section of “The Year’s Best Sports Writing” anthologies in 2022 (a look back at “Wide World of Sports”) and 2023 (on the end of his daughter’s high school sports career). From 2020-22 he was named Favorite Sports Writer in Boston in the annual Channel Media Market and Research Poll, and was named Most Trusted in ‘22.

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This event will take place at street level. If possible, the event will be livestreamed to YouTube. ASL interpretation may be provided (based on the availability of interpreters) but must be requested at least 2 weeks in advance of the event. Seats are limited. Please email us at tickets@brooklinebooksmith.com as soon as possible if you require ASL interpretation, guaranteed seating, or other accommodations. We will do our best to serve your needs!