On Wrestlemania weekend, a look at baseball players in wrestling

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Pete Rose

The game’s all-time hits leader and persona non grata hasn’t been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but he is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame for his sporadic appearances and inevitable run-ins with “The Big Red Machine,” Kane.

Rose’s first appearance was at Wrestlemania 14 in Boston. In the guise of “guest ring announcer,” Rose came out, grabbed the microphone and started cracking jokes about the Red Sox, only to wind up eating a Tombstone piledriver from the masked monster. The fans so enjoyed Rose’s misfortune that he was invited to the next two Wrestlemania events, laid out by Kane on each occasion.