Dowd Report
AuthorJohn M. Dowd
Akin, Gump, Hauer & Feld
SubjectSports betting
PublisherOffice of the Commissioner of Baseball
Publication date
June 27, 1989
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePaperback

The Dowd Report is the document describing the transgressions of baseball player and manager Pete Rose in betting on baseball, which precipitated his agreement to a permanent ban from the sport in the United States. The 225-page report was prepared by Special Counsel to the Commissioner John M. Dowd and was submitted to Commissioner Bart Giamatti in May 1989. The report, published in June 1989, was accompanied by seven volumes of exhibits, which included bank and telephone records, alleged betting records, expert reports, and transcripts of interviews with Rose and other witnesses.[1]

Rose was ultimately placed on baseball's ineligible list in August 1989.[2] The most controversial conclusion of the report, that Rose had bet on baseball games while managing the Cincinnati Reds, was confirmed 15 years later by Rose himself through his autobiography My Prison Without Bars.

Dowd later donated the Dowd Report collections to his alma mater, Emory University School of Law, in 2015.[3]


  1. ^ Dowd, John M. (1989-06-27). "THE PETE ROSE INQUIRY; Excerpts From Report Submitted by Dowd to Commissioner Giamatti". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-06-18.
  2. ^ "Rose/Giamatti Agreement". Archived from the original on 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2017-06-18.
  3. ^ Ashmore, Lisa (2015-05-04). "Dowd 65L gives historic "Dowd Report" collection to Emory Law". Emory University School of Law. Retrieved 2017-06-18.