Pirates pitching prospects from India get star treatment

Published on Variety. July 7th, 2010

The two Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands came to this country two years ago not knowing how to order a pizza, let alone throw a changeup. Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, the first athletes from India to play professional baseball in America, may be years away from realizing their dream of pitching in the major leagues, yet their story continues to draw wide-ranging interest, from the White House to Hollywood.

 

UP Bhaiyyas dine with US president

Published on Variety. May 27th, 2010

Till two years ago, 19-year-old Rinku Singh, the javelin thrower son of truck driver Brahmadin Singh, was considered to be a ‘loafer’ by his father, in the Holepur village, Bhadohi district, East UP. Another 19-year-old and javelin thrower, Dinesh Patel, of Khavpur village, Varanasi, worked as daily wager on construction sites to fund his training at Guru Gobind Singh Sports College at Lucknow, while staying with his maternal uncle. Last Monday the two sons of Bhaiyaland, who are now big ticket pitchers in the US Baseball arena were invited by none other than President Obama to the White House as special guests to the ongoing Heritage Month.

 

Field of Dreams

Published on Variety. October 30th, 2009

It is less than a year and half since the two men have been back to their villages in India. During this time, they have soaked in their first hot tub, eaten their first slice of pizza and, most importantly, learned to play baseball. Oh, one other thing – their lives are going to become the stuff that Hollywood dreams are made of, literally. Columbia Pictures, part of Sony Studios, has bought the rights to make a movie based on their lives

 

India Reality TV Show Searches For Next U.S. Baseball Star

Published on Variety. October 28th, 2009

More than 60 years after Jackie Robinson became the first major African-American baseball player, racial barriers are still being broken in the world of baseball. Rinku Singh, a javelin thrower, became a baseball player after signing up for an Indian reality TV show titled “The Million Dollar Arm.” The game show was out to find the next great Indian baseball player. Singh did not win the contest, but he was recently recruited to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball team. Rinku Singh talks about his newfound fame and his journey to baseball field.