Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose would not confirm or deny that his gambling was discussed in his meeting in New York on Monday with baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, and owner Marge Schott is looking into it.
The New York Times reported in Wednesday's editions that the meeting covered rumors of Rose's alleged gambling. Rose has been rumored to have been involved as a betting partner in a $265,669.20 Pik Six payoff on Jan. 25 at Turfway Park, a horse track in Florence, Ky. near Cincinna-ti.According to the Times, two Pik Six tickets worth $132,834.60 each were signed for by Arnold Metz, a friend of Rose.
Rose told the Times: "You can read anything into it, but I don't see anything bad."
Ueberroth also refused to confirm or deny that the meeting covered gambling, telling the Times that the meeting was routine and private.
Schott said she was not surprised.
"Well, we all know what's been going on," she said. "To what extent, we don't know."
Schott said she would look into the matter today.
"I don't know much about it. I intend to find out," she said. "You would think, wouldn't you, that the commissioner would call an owner on something like this."
"We asked him to do it. We didn't order him," Ueberroth said. "There's nothing ominous and there won't be any followthrough."
The Cincinnati Post, in its afternoon edition today, said Rose denied any involvement in the Pik Six, a wager in which bettors try to pick the winner in six consecutive races.
But when asked if the Pik Six, or gambling in general, were discussed at the meeting in New York, Rose declined to reveal details.
He said he was obeying orders from the commissioner, the Post said.
"One guy (Ueberroth) is leaving, and another guy (Giamatti) is coming in," Rose said. "They wanted to ask me my advice on a couple of things. I'm not going to say what went on. There are a lot of meetings where people don't want everyone to know what's going on."
Murray Cook, the Reds' general manager, said he did not know the subject of the meeting.