Any baseball fan knows Cincinnati's Pete Rose, but a new generation of
fans are losing sight of "Charlie Hustle," the nickname Rose earned as
baseball's record-breaking, bowl-cut icon. A new film by
Covington-based Barking Fish
plans to change that.
Producers hope the film
will remind fans of the Rose who finished his playing days with three
World Series rings and a slew of records. The feature-length
documentary, "4,192: The Crowning of the Hit King," is scheduled to
premiere in Los Angeles on July 9 and Cincinnati soon after, during
baseball's All-Star break.
Rose's early life, growing up on
Cincinnati's West Side, as well as his 23-year playing career are
highlighted, from an early-career spring training game in which Yankees
legend Whitey Ford gave Rose the "Charlie Hustle" moniker - some say
derisively - to the September night 25 years ago when Rose slapped a
single (the titular 4,192nd hit of his career) to become the sport's
all-time hits leader, surpassing the legendary Ty Cobb.
anniversary of that occasion was, in part, inspiration for the project,
said Barking Fish partner Aymie Majerski.
partner, Terry Lukemire, is a huge baseball fan and, of course, he's
from this area, so it was important to him," Majerski explained. "There
really hasn't been a documentary on Pete Rose, especially one that
focuses on his playing career. That's what we were most interested in,
because people have forgotten the kind of player Pete was."
first hurdle was getting Rose's permission. Though he had declined many
offers over the years, Rose quickly signed off on the project and
Barking Fish started work last July, Majerski said. Rose contemporaries
and baseball Hall of Famers' Marty Brennaman, Tony Perez and Mike
Schmidt also quickly signed on, and contribute interviews, she adds.
continues on the film, leading up to the July premiere in LA, where
Majerski says they'll strike a deal for theatrical circulation and
possible broadcast rights. A DVD release in planned for September.
Fish, based in Covington's arts district, was formed five years ago by
Lukemire, and Majerski, who is originally from Los Angeles. The
partnership has been prolific, working on projects for BET, Showtime,
Sony Music and other corporate customers. Their latest work, "Rebound: A
Basketball Story," chronicles Simon Kenton High School's 1981 state
basketball title after a massive gas explosion that severely damaged the
school, injured many and resulted in one death. Narrated by Nick
Clooney, it will air on Kentucky Educational Television in June.
Source: Barking Fish partner Aymie Majerski