Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Mystery surrounds Rose's new book venture

For Pete's sake

By Tom Groeschen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Pete Rose will co-author a new book with a Hollywood screenwriter. The story is, for now, a hush-hush mystery.

"We're not talking about the content of the book at all, but I can tell you we're really excited about the project," said Scott Waxman, one of Rose's literary agents.

Waxman, president of Scott Waxman Literary Agency in New York City, said the book will be published in March 2004. The publisher is Rodale Inc., which bills itself the largest independent book publisher in the United States.

Rose's co-author will be Rick Hill, who Waxman said is a writer and director in Hollywood. Waxman said Hill has written several screenplays including The Longshot, which is based on the life of Jim Eisenreich. Eisenreich played 15 major-league baseball seasons with Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder.

It will be Hill's first book. Rose, the major-league career hits leader with 4,256, has been the subject of several books.

Rose, 61, was banned from Major League Baseball in 1989 for his involvement with gamblers. Rose recently has met with baseball Commissioner Bud Selig concerning reinstatement, but Selig said in early March he was in no rush to make a decision.

Baseball spokesmen Rich Levin and Patrick Courtney could not be reached for comment Monday.

Rose is not talking to reporters. Warren Greene, one of Rose's agents, said Rose would not be answering questions for a while.

Rodale Inc., publisher of the Rose book, said it publishes nearly 100 new book titles each year. Recent acquisitions by Rodale include The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game, by former basketball star Oscar Robertson.

Robertson, who played for the University of Cincinnati and also the old Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA, confirmed that Rodale will publish his book this autumn. Robertson said his book will be written by Charles Bach, who Robertson said also has written a book with Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal.

"From what I've seen so far, my book is accurate," Robertson said. "That's the most important thing."

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