Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose was investigated for gambling in the late 1970s, but nothing incriminating was found by the former chief of security for major baseball, a published report says.
Henry Fitzgibbon, security chief from 1970 to 1981, said Wednesday he interviewed Rose at Riverfront Stadium but found no basis for action, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported in today's editions."We knew of Pete's interest in gambling on the horses and the dogs," Fitzgibbon said. "We made some inquiries. I remember talking to Pete about it. But, as I recall, it (the investigation) didn't come from anything we regarded as illegal . . . It was not a major investigation."
Fitzgibbon served under Bowie Kuhn, then commissioner. Kuhn told The Enquirer earlier he recalled no investigation centering on Rose. But William Dantschisch, a retired private investigator in Tampa, Fla., said he was retained by baseball as part of an investigation into Rose's activity.
Dantschisch told Sports Illustrated he believed the investigation pertained to illicit gambling and associations with undesirables. Contacted by The Enquirer, Dantschisch said Fitzgibbon instructed him to conduct surveillance on the home of Terryl Rubio in 1977, two years before Rubio filed a paternity suit against Rose.
"Pete Rose was making phone calls to this residence from every ballpark just before every game," Dantschisch said. "I don't know exactly what prompted the investigation, but they thought Rose might be involved in gambling and was possibly associating with known criminals." Dantschisch said his investigation had to be dropped because of logistical problems.
"But I never saw Ralph Rubio at the residence and I don't know if anything ever came of it," Dantschisch said.
Fitzgibbon said he had no recollection of hiring Dantschisch, but added that local agents were frequently used to check out allegations. "I don't remember him, but that doesn't mean we didn't use him," Fitzgibbon said. "I do know that I don't recall any major investigation of Rose."
Terryl Rubio told the Tampa Tribune that she was aware of the investigation and claimed that no link existed between her father and Rose. She said the calls were personal.
"He (Rose) has always gambled, but I don't believe he ever bet on a baseball game," Rubio told the Tribune.