When Pete Rose leaves prison today after the first part of a sentence for tax offenses, he will head for a halfway house where his chief accuser spent 4 1/2 months.
The former Cincinnati Reds manager who is baseball's all-time hits leader served five months in a federal prison camp in Marion, Ill. He is to spend three months in the halfway house while he helps teach physical education to elementary students.
A federal judge imposed the sentence in July, ordering Rose to "return to his roots" by performing 1,000 hours of community service work at five inner-city schools and a youth center.
"I think he'll do very well. He's very open. He's quite articulate. And he's got a Hall of Fame type of background, I think that will contribute quite a lot," said Cecil Good, assistant superintendent of the Cincinnati public schools.
While he works as a gym teacher's aide, Rose will live in private at Talbert House, said John Cole, his probation officer. The 45 residents of the halfway house's program for male federal convicts live two or three to a room, said Tom Berghausen, the house's associate executive director. They have to clean their own rooms and divide the chores taking care of the rest of the building.
"We have a lot of different residents. We have 18-year-old probationers that may have drug offenses or theft. We have the 55-year-old attorney who had a drug-related offense or tax-related offense," Berghausen said.
Paul Janszen, one of Rose's friends, served time at Talbert House in 1989 for hiding his income from sale of steroids. The bodybuilder's claim that he handled more than $1 million in bets for Rose led to an investigation of his gambling and Rose's lifetime ban from baseball.