Wally at the Bat: A Liberal Arts Symposium on Baseball  

Rhetoric Professor Todd McDorman began his study of Pete Rose's fall from grace during a freshman tutorial a decade ago, and will present an important paper at the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown later this summer. In his talk at the symposium, Professor McDorman analyzed how Rose's autobiography My Prison Without Bars, released after his admission to gambling, did not lead to forgiveness by fans. Indeed, McDorman's studies reveal that because Rose's book — at 322 pages and lacking true contrition and regret — caused fans to care even less about his reinstatement to baseball. And about Rose changing his story, McDorman said, "His loss of consistency reinforced negative perceptions of his character," McDorman said.

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