The man known to legions of baseball fans as Charlie Hustle still isn’t being considered for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
But all-time hits king Pete Rose will soon be making his debut in a nationally televised reality show partially filmed just down the street from the museum where he still has no plaque.
The show, featuring Rose and his fiancee, Kiana Kim, has been given a catchy title by TLC (The Learning Channel): “Pete Rose: HITS & MRS.” That’s a bit spicier than the first draft for the show’s handle: “Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project.”
The first segment will be cablecast at 10 a.m. Jan. 14.
The network offered a flavor of where the show will go with this blurb: “‘Pete Rose HITS & MRS.’ takes viewers along for the ride as he attempts to bring his new family together, celebrate his extraordinary career and live the life he’s always wanted to have.”
Rose, who spent most of his career with the Cincinnati Reds before playing for the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos, and Kim, along with the latter’s two children by a previous marriage, 14-year-old Cassie and 11-year-old Ashton, were in Cooperstown in July for the initial filming of the reality show. Much of the footage was shot inside and near TJ’s restaurant on Main Street, owned by local merchant Ted Hargrove.
While the TLC cameras rolled, Hargrove hosted a breakfast for Rose, Kim, the kids and such Rose friends as Andrew Vilacky, another Main Street merchant. Rose, Hargrove, Kim and Vilacky engaged in a lively discussion about the the apparent reason for keeping Rose out of the Hall: his now-admitted involvement in gambling on baseball games while he was a manager (but not while he was a player). Rose has said he never bet on his own team to lose, and always tried to win every game in which he was involved.