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JERRY CROWE

Pete Rose, Derek Jeter and a hit parade

Text messages from press row . . .

September 16, 2009|Jerry Crowe

Pete Rose probably wouldn't bet on Derek Jeter's someday supplanting him as baseball's all-time hits leader, but the New York Yankees shortstop is ahead of Rose's record pace. . . .

By the way, the Dodgers' all-time hits leader is Hall of Famer Zack Wheat, who played his last game in 1927; the Angels' is Garrett Anderson. . . .

The L.A. Dodgers' all-time hits leader is Willie Davis. . . .

Andre Ethier's 20th home run in Dodger Stadium this season left him 20 ahead of teammate James Loney. . . .

Vladimir Guerrero and the Angels, in the midst of a three-game series at Boston, are the only team in the majors that has drawn fewer than 26,000 fans per game on the road. . . .

An exciting and consistent winner, apparently, does not make an attractive draw. . . .

Before Sunday, when Mark Sanchez made his New York Jets debut, no rookie quarterback since 1985 had started for a team that compiled a winning record the previous season. . . .

The last before Sanchez was Dieter Brock, who was a 34-year-old rookie when he started for the Los Angeles Rams after a long career in the Canadian Football League. . . .

Sanchez is 22. . . .

It didn't take long for Tom Brady to remind New England Patriots fans what they missed last season. . . .

Nobody's better in the key moments. . . .

Adrian Peterson, chasing his goal of a 2,000-yard rushing season, averaged 7.2 yards a carry on opening day. . . .

Of the players in the NFL's 2,000-yard club -- O.J. Simpson, Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis and Jamal Lewis -- only Sanders and Simpson averaged as many as six yards a carry in their milestone seasons. . . .

Simpson, who accomplished the feat in only 14 games, owns the highest per-game average: 143.1 yards. . . .

T-shirt spotted Saturday night at Ohio State: "Our Heisman Trophy winners don't murder people." . . .

The height of fan lunacy: firejimtresselnow.blogspot.com. . . .

Four years ago, USC fans might remember, Vince Young and Texas parlayed a nail-biting, three-point September victory at Ohio State into a BCS championship. . . .

Reader Rich Perelman suggests the headline "Undefeated Bruins in Rose Bowl on New Year's," noting that UCLA (2-0) will play Kansas State on Rosh Hashana Saturday evening in the Arroyo Seco. . . .

UCLA last played a Jan. 1 game in 1999, losing to Wisconsin in its most recent Rose Bowl game appearance. . . .

Before the Lakers open camp Sept. 30, Derek Fisher is scheduled to sign copies of his new book, "Character Driven: Life, Lessons and Basketball," Thursday at Borders in Northridge and Sept. 24 at Eso Won Bookstore in L.A.'s Leimert Park district. . . .

If, as their ads promise, the Clippers are "playing to win" this season, what were they doing all those other seasons? . . .

Maybe it was two weeks in New York that brought out the potty mouths in Serena Williams and Roger Federer. . . .

The recently disclosed alleged affair between the mother and coach of U.S. Open teen tennis sensation Melanie Oudin, reader Bob Tucker of Solvang e-mails to suggest, "gives new meaning to the term double fault." . . .

The Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, the only U.S. mainland stop on the Assn. of Surfing Professionals' elite World Tour, is the rare professional sports event that makes no attempt to lure large crowds. . . .

That's because the area where it's contested, within San Onofre State Beach, is considered environmentally fragile. . . .

Teri Hatcher ("Desperate Housewives") finished second behind fellow actress Heather Tom ("The Bold and the Beautiful") in the female celebrity competition at Sunday's Nautica Malibu Triathlon, which raised more than $1 million for the pediatric cancer research program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. . . .

That's real -- and spectacular! . . .

Congratulations to Mychel Thompson, son of Lakers broadcaster Mychal Thompson, who was voted captain of the Pepperdine basketball team. . . .

His brother, Klay, plays basketball at Washington State; another, Trayce, plays in the Chicago White Sox organization. . . .

Said Jay Leno during the Monday debut of his new 10 p.m. show, "I had a strange thing happen yesterday. I set my Tivo to record 'The Biggest Loser.' Got the Lions game."

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jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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