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Resource ID: #18200
Subject: Sports
Source: Vanity Fair Magazine
Date: September


In 1977, 19-year-old Tommy Gioiosa's life would change forever after meeting major-league slugger Pete Rose at a motel in Tampa, Florida. Over the course of the next 10 years the two would become inseparable as Rose took in the young aspiring baseball player and give him a life outside of "dead-ending" in his home town of New Bedford, Mass. In over 100 hours of interview with Gioiosa, Vanity Fair's Buzz Bissinger dissects the relationship between the two, ending with Rose being banned from baseball and investigated for tax fraud and gambling and Gioiosa being sentenced to five years in prison in 1990. As Bissinger writes, "The relationship between Rose and Gioiosa reveals a tale quintessentially American in all its hues - about the tantalizing power of money and materialism, about hero worship and the false immunity it creates, about the price of loyalty."

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