The Dowd Report

John Dowd is a former federal prosecutor who was asked in 1989 to investigate allegations that Pete Rose had placed bets on baseball games. In his role as Special Counsel to the Commissioner, A. Bartlett Giamatti, he produced the Dowd Report, which detailed Rose’s betting on baseball games in the 1980s, including teams Rose was managing at the time. The report led to Rose’s lifetime ban in August 1989.

This report is reprinted here with the permission of John Dowd. The contents are Copyright 1989, 1999 by John M. Dowd, Esq. and the Baseball Archive. Any public or commercial use, distribution or duplication of these materials without written permission from The Baseball Archive is a violation of federal copyright law. Use of this site constitutes agreement with these terms.

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Appendices and Exhibits (PDFs)

1. Letter to Thomas Gioiosa from John Dowd, March 30, 1989

2. Peter Rose Deposition, April 20-21, 1989 Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8

3. Transcript of Michael Fry Interview, April 11, 1989 Part 1Part 2

4. Judgment and Commitment Order for Donald Stenger, March 24, 1989

5. Judgment and Commitment Order for Linda Kettle, March 24, 1989

6. Judgment and Commitment Order for Michael Fry, March 8, 1989

7. Federal Grand Jury Indictment of Thomas Gioiosa, April 6, 1989

8. Memorandum of Donald Stenger Interview, April 11, 1989

9. James Eveslage Interview, March 28, 1989

10. Arraignment and Plea of Ronald Peters, April 4, 1989

11. Ronald Peters Deposition, April 5, 1989

12. Paul Janszen Betting Notebook

13. Ronald Peters Betting Records Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

14. Lance Humphrey Interview, March 30, 1989

15. Lori Peters Interview, April 7, 1989

16. Pete Rose Betting Sheets

17. Report of Bill Holmes & Associates, May 2, 1989

18. Dave Morgan Interview, March 29, 1989

19. Dave Morgan Deposition, April 12, 1989

20. Memorandum of Peters Conversation with John Dowd, April 5, 1989

21. 1988 Cincinnati Reds Media Guide

22. Gold’s Gym Phone Bills for 1986 Part 1Part 2

23. Pete Rose Personal Checks, #365-#368, dated February 5, 1986

24. Cincinnati Reds Complimentary Ticket Requests, dated May 30, 1986 and June 5, 1987

25. Letters to John Dowd from Robert Pitcairn, March 23, 1989, March 27, 1989 and March 30, 1989

26. Transcript of Paul Janszen Interview, February 24-25, 1989 Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

27. Transcript of Janszen-Bertolini Conversation, taped by Janszen on April 4, 1988

28. Transcript of Janszen-Chevashore Conversation, taped by Janszen on December 27, 1988

29. Pete Rose Personal Checks, #182-#187, #412-#417, #188-#192, #195, dated from November 16, 1986 to December 3, 1986, and Account Statements at Oak Hills Savings and Loan for October 1986, November 1986, December 1986

30. Loan Agreement, Star Bank, dated May 22, 1987

31. Loan Agreement, Star Bank, dated September, 1987

32. Loan Agreement, Star Bank, dated February 23, 1989

33. Letter to Roger Makley from John Dowd, March 30, 1989

34. Letter to Robert Pitcairn and Roger Makley from John Dowd, April 11, 1989

35. Letter to Robert Pitcairn from John Dowd, April 27, 1989

36. Letter to John Dowd from Robert Pitcairn, April 27, 1989

37. Promissory Note, Star Bank, April 4, 1989

38. Paul Janszen Deposition, April 4, 1989 Part 1Part 2

39. Judgment and Commitment Order for Paul Janszen, January 16, 1989

40. Paul Janszen Interview, February 26, 1989

41. Danita Jo Marcum Deposition, April 4, 1989

42. Photograph of Paul Janszen, Pete Rose, Mickey Mantle, and Thomas Gioiosa

43. Steve Chevashore Interview, March 9, 1989

44. Memorandum from Kevin Hallinan to John Dowd, April 25, 1989

45. Chronology, April 8, 1987 through July 5, 1987 Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

46. Pete Rose Account Statement at First National Bank of Cincinnati, April 13, 1987

47. Pete Rose Personal Checks, #444, dated March 26, 1987, and #445, dated March 29, 1987

48. Pete Rose Personal Checks, #446, dated March 31, 1987, #447, dated April 3, 1987, and #449, dated April 6, 1987

49. Pete Rose Personal Check #380, dated March 12, 1987

50. Transcript of Ron Peters Interview, March 23, 1989

51. James E. Procter Deposition, April 12, 1989

52. David Bernstein Deposition, April 19, 1989

53. Pete Rose Home Phone Bills for 1987

54. Pete Rose Car Phone Bills for 1987

55. Janszen Home Phone Bills for May 14, 1987 to July 14, 1987

56. Janszen Car Phone Bills for May, 1987 through July, 1987

57. Cincinnati Reds News Releases, dated March 23, 1987 and May 22, 1987

58. “Report on Rose Signals Clarified by Magazine,” The New York Times, March 30, 1989

59. Pete Rose Personal Check #296, dated March 18, 1988

60. Letter to Reuven Katz from Paul Janszen, January 20, 1989

61. Letter to Merlyn Shiverdecker from Robert Pitcairn, January 25, 1989

62. Letter to Robert Pitcairn from Merlyn Shiverdecker, March 2, 1989

63. Charlotte Jacobs Interview, April 24, 1989

64. Mark Stowe Interview, March 21, 1989

65. Memorandum of Telephone Conversation with Mark Stowe, April 28, 1989

66. Joseph Cambra Interview, April 27, 1989, with attached exhibits

67. Letter to the Balfour Ring Company from Pete Rose, March 24, 1989

68. Letter to Ed Durso from John Scarpellini, April 17/ 1989

69. Paul Janszen Interview, March 8, 1989

70. Transcript of Arnold Metz Interview, April 19, 1989 Part 1Part 2

71. Report of Richard E. Casey, April 11, 1989

72. Report of James Dibowski, March 16, 1989

73. Memorandum of Ron Peters Interview, May 1, 1989

74. Gold’s Gym Phone Bills for 1987

75. Reds’ Clubhouse Logs for 1987 Part 1Part 2

76. Other National Team Logs for 1987

77. Hotel Bills for Pete Rose from the Reds’ 1987 Road Trips

78. Pete Rose Personal Check #289, dated May 4, 1987

79. Paul Janszen Interview, April 5, 1989

80. Charles Sotto Interview, May 4, 1989

81. Paul Janszen Interview, April 27, 1989

82. Memorandum of Paul Janszen Interview, May 6, 1989

83. Paul Janszen Interview, February 24, 1989

84. Report of Bill Holmes & Associates Re 1987 Chronology, May 8, 1989