Best Of 2023

What a year for “Charlie Hustle.” In August, former Cincinnati Reds manager and utility player extraordinaire Pete Rose was honored in Philadelphia for helping the Phillies win the 1980 World Series. But during media briefings at the game, Rose completely dismissed a female reporter’s questions about statutory rape allegations that have dogged him for decades, saying, “It was 50 years ago, babe.” A few months later, he begged yet again for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to lift his placement on baseball’s permanent ineligible list so that he could be considered for enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum; Manfred declined quickly, decisively saying that Rose’s gambling on baseball while serving as a manager still merited a lifetime ban. But perhaps old Pete has brighter days ahead, now that sports betting became legal in Ohio on Jan. 1. In a natural, obvious move, Rose was tapped to be the local face of throwing money at wishes, placing the first legal bet at Cincinnati’s new Hard Rock Sportsbook. CityBeat wagers that Cincinnati will hear more about Rose’s tickets as the year goes on.

Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation
Here are the 2023 Best Of Cincinnati® Reader and Staff Pick winners for Sports & Recreation.
1. Soccer City
2. Town and Country Sports Health Club
3. Wall2Wall
1. Schmidt Boat Ramp and Ballfields
2. Riverside Park
3. Westside Sports Park
1. 700 WLW-AM
2. FOX Sports Ohio
1. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
2. YMCA Camp Ernst
3. Clifton Cultural Arts Center
1. Cincinnati Rollergirls
2. Florence Y’alls
3. Dayton Dragons
1. Barstool Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino
2. FanDuel Sportsbook
3. Betfred
1. University of Cincinnati football
2. Xavier University men’s basketball
3. Ohio State University football
1. Cincinnati Bengals
2. FC Cincinnati
3. Cincinnati Cyclones
1. Sawyer Point Park
2. Camargo Racquet Club
3. The Club at Harper’s Point