Some people might look at Pete Rose and feel bad. After racking up more than 4,000 hits to set the Major League’s all-time record, he was banned from the Hall of Fame and baseball for life for betting on games while he was a manager.
Despite his status with Major League Baseball, Rose seems to be doing pretty well for himself, but how? Just by signing autographs.
It’s far less brutal on his 72-year old body, but it does not seem to be any less lucrative.
Since 2005, Rose has been making more than $1 million per year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Since 2005, he has spent several hours per day, 15 to 25 days per month, 12 months per year signing his name for money. He signs and poses for photos with anyone who buys memorabilia from his business partners, with items such as baseballs and photos ranging from $75 to $800. And for this, Rose earns more than $1 million per year.
His best year? Rose hauled in a whopping $3.6 million in 2007 signing autographs at Vegas-area conventions.
Interestingly enough, he attributes his wealth to the same type of tenacious, go-to attitude that made him the world’s hitting king in the first place.
“Willie Mays is not going to do this, because he don’t want to do it.” He told the Journal. “Hank Aaron is not going to do it. Carl Yastrzemski is not going to do it. Some guys do shows. They do card shows. No one is going to try to do this 15 days a month.”
[H/T: For The Win]