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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
All Bets are Off: Rose's hitting streak ends
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Aug. 1, 1978

After Pete Rose hit safely yesterday to extend his hitting streak to a National League record-tying 44 games, the Union Plaza sports book in Las Vegas dropped its odds from 10-1 to an incredibly low 3-1 that Rose would hit in his next 12 games. "But it's a very popular bet," says a Union Plaza spokesman. "It opened at 40-1 after he passed Tommy Holmes [at 37] and just kept going down. People keep betting on him."

The sports book didn't take any bets against Rose. Tonight, the sports book and Joe DiMaggio come out winners when the Atlanta Braves' rookie left-handed starter, Larry McWilliams, and their veteran right-handed reliever, Gene Garber, hold the Cincinnati Reds' leadoff man hitless in five plate appearances (0-for-4 with a walk).

Rose is frustrated about two hard liners he hit and angry with the way Garber struck him out on a sidearm breaking ball to end the Reds' 16-4 defeat. The first liner is speared by McWilliams at his ankles in the second inning; the second, off Garber, is a bullet to third baseman Bob Horner in the seventh.

As for the strikeout, Rose sounds like sour grapes when he says, "I was a little surprised that in a game that was 16-4, he [Garber] pitched me like it was the seventh game of the World Series. I guess he thought it was Joe DiMaggio up there."

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