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Analysis: A Baseball Pioneer Discusses Honesty In The Sport

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Baseball is in high gear in our region, and so is Bill White, a baseball pioneer.

Bill White was a Phillie, the first black president of the national league and always viewed as a keeper of the flame of the game – honesty; following the rules.
Today he says that players who broke records using steroids should keep those records since steroids weren’t banned in their time as they are now.

“I think Bond’s record should stand and if Rodriguez hit more home runs that should stand. But I also think that anybody who takes steroids from last year should be banned from baseball.”

About Pete Rose who was kicked out of baseball when he was National League President and my broadcast partner, White believes that Rose doesn’t belong in the hall of fame because he gambled on his team but did he bet against his team.

“He said no. But in the beginning he also said hadn’t bet at all then obviously years later he said well I did bet for the Cincinnatti Reds. I’m not sure whether he bet against them or not. I wouldn’t think he would.”

You can hear Larry Kane’s interview with Bill White in this CBS Philly ‘Sports Pod’ podcast…

White’s book UPPITY is an inside look at baseball from a man who was the first African American to do play by play broadcasting.

Reported By Special Contributor Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio