A person court documents refer to as "G-1" but identified by newspaper sources as Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose bet $8,000 to $16,000 daily on games during a stretch of the 1987 season, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported today.
The newspaper said three sources close to the case indicated the bets had been made on baseball games.It also quoted government informants as claiming the document said the bets were placed through Ron Peters, a Franklin, Ohio, cafe owner who has said he was Rose's principal bookmaker.
Although Rose is not referred to by name in the IRS document, the paper said it had been told by federal sources that the code name "G-1" means Rose.
U.S. District Court records show Rose's friednd Paul Janszen became an FBI informant and began wearing a wireless microphone in April 1988, the newspaper said, and federal agents taped at least four conversations about the debt.
The IRS said the betting done by "G-1" occurred early in the 1987 season, according to the paper. Rose has denied betting on baseball and using bookies. He has admitted he frequently bets at racetracks.
Rose's attorney, Reuven Katz, said this morning the manager would not comment on the report. Peters has an unlisted home telephone number and did not immediately return a telephone message left at his restaurant in Franklin early today.
Janszen is a federal informant serving a six-month sentence for tax evasion involving the sale of steroids.
The IRS affidavit seeking a search warrant for Peters' home and business was sealed last Aug. 17 by a federal magistrate in Dayton. It contained sensitive information about a secret federal investigation into illegal sports betting, the newspaper said.
The baseball commissioner's office began an investigation of Rose's alleged betting habits last month. If he is found to have bet on baseball games, he is subject to a one-year suspension. If it is found he bet on Reds games, he could be banned for life.