On This Date 12/5/1978

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A week after Sparky Anderson was fired, another critical part of the Big Red Machine departs Cincinnati as Pete Rose signs a four-year deal worth $3.2 million, the richest contract in the history of baseball. The 37-year old Rose was coming off a historic season with the Reds, collecting his 3,000th career hit and embarking on a 44-game hitting streak the longest in National League history.