Pete Rose's impromptu pep talk to Cincinnati Reds minor leaguers last week ("If you get a chance to pet the dog, pet the dog") will likely make it that much easier for baseball's executive council to reject future reinstatement pleas from the banned Hit King, who in his speech violated baseball's order that he avoid contact with players.
Another national institution, however, has no qualms about Rose. Wheaties said last week that Tiger Woods will become their eighth "permanent endorser," joining a high-fiber pantheon of Olympians—Bob Richards, Bruce Jenner and Mary Lou Retton—as well as Chris Evert, Walter Payton, Michael Jordan and...Pete Rose. The motto, after all, is not Breakfast of Hall of Famers.
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