Pete Rose playing Ty Cobb? Bet on it


May 31, 1991

Pete Rose is going to play Ty Cobb in a made-for-TV movie titled "The Babe Ruth Story."

"It's something that just came in out of the blue," said Cal Levy, the partner at Hamilton Projects in Cincinnati who handles Rose. "It's not a huge role or anything, so they must have figured they didn't need a name actor to play the part.

"And you have to admit," he added, "it is a nice twist on things."

Rose broke Cobb's career-hit record when he got No. 4,192 in September 1985.

Rose, who has been banned from baseball after being accused of betting on games, could not be reached for comment about the movie.

Levy said he doubted Rose had much experience in this kind of thing -- "No school plays or anything like that so far as I know," he said.

* PADRES: Catcher Benito Santiago was removed from the game by manager Greg Riddoch after the fourth inning for "lack of hustle. It was a culmination [of incidents]," Riddoch said. "He will miss at least one more start."

* RANGERS: Injured starter Bobby Witt was examined in Los Angeles by Dr. Lewis Yocum, who said he doesn't believe surgery is necessary.

Witt has a minor tear in his right rotator cuff.

Yocum recommended that the injury be treated with rehabilitation and rest. The Rangers said they hoped Witt (3-3) could begin throwing in six to eight weeks.

Dr. Yocum also examined starter Scott Chiamparino's right elbow and confirmed tendinitis. But he also found a slight sprain in his medial collateral ligament, and suggested that Chiamparino rest the elbow for a month before throwing again.

* METS: The club has been working out outfielder Hubie Brooks at first base, resurrecting speculation that first baseman Dave Magadan might be traded.

The whispers initially had Magadan and second baseman Gregg Jefferies being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Bobby Bonilla, who will become a free agent this winter.

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