Pete Rose's baseball career highlighted in new documentary
By John Kiesewetter • • January 25, 2010

Pete Rose will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his record-breaking hit No. 4,192 this summer with a full-length documentary about his baseball career produced by a Covington video company.

“We want to give a new generation a chance to know about Rose,” says Terry Lukemire, a partner in Covington’s Barking Fish Entertainment.

“I got tired of hearing about all the gambling stuff, and wanted to concentrate on the past. He’s the epitome of how hard work pays off,” says Lukemire, 41, who was a huge Rose fan when he started playing baseball in Amelia in the 1970s, as the Big Red Machine won back-to-back World Championships.

“4,192: The Crowning of the Hit King” will concentrate on Rose’s record-breaking baseball achievements, which have been overshadowed by his banishment from baseball 20 years ago for betting on games, Lukemire says.

Rose, who turns 69 in April, has done four lengthy on-camera interviews here for the “in his own words” part of the film. Lukemire and his partner Aymie Majerski, 37, pitched the movie to Rose last summer.

Reds announcer Marty Brennaman and “some of baseball’s biggest icons” also will be interviewed for the film, according to the Barking Fish announcement being released Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival.

Lukemire and Majerski would not say how much Rose was being compensated for his role in the film, or how it will deal with his gambling and his official banishment from Major League Baseball.

“We’re not giving away certain information at this time. If we gave away the house, nobody will want to rent it,” says Majerski by phone from Park City, Utah, where she was attending Sundance.

Producers are trying to arrange a limited theatrical release in Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York for the 90-minute film, followed by a DVD release near the Sept. 11 anniversary of Rose’s breaking Ty Cobb’s all-time hit record at Riverfront Stadium, Majerski says.

Rose – called “Charlie Hustle” for his head-first slides and all-out style of play – was National League Rookie of the Year in 1963, and the NL’s Most Valuable Player in 1973. His final at-bat came as a player-manager for the Reds in 1986.

The 17-time All-Star holds the Major League records for most hits (4,256), games played, at-bats, and singles by a switch-hitter.

“Pete’s memory is amazing,” says Lukemire, whose company produced the “Rebound” documentary about Simon Kenton High School’s 1981 state basketball championship team, and “American Fighter,” the pilot for a reality series starring ultimate fighter Rich Franklin.

“He’s given us very, very detailed information. It’s all gold. The hard part is cutting it,” Lukemire says.