Indian Pitcher Aims for Major Leagues

Indian pitcher aims for major leagues – American Sport

By |May 6th, 2013|Buzz|Comments Off

Pirates pitching prospects from India get star treatment

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.

By |July 7th, 2010|Buzz|Comments Off

UP Bhaiyyas dine with US president

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.

By |May 27th, 2010|Buzz|Comments Off

Field of Dreams

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

By |October 30th, 2009|Buzz|Comments Off

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

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.

By |October 28th, 2009|Buzz|Comments Off

Rinku and Dinesh’s American odyssey

Every Pittsburg baseball fan knows about the 1960 World Series. Pittsburg Pirates vs New York Yankees, series tied, game tied and then that moment- Bill Mazeroski’s home-run soaring over the stadium, clearing a 12-ft wall. Fifty years later, two portraits of Mazeroski adorn the wall of Room 223 at the Pittsburg Pirates’ southern base in Bradenton, Florida.

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By |August 6th, 2009|Buzz|Comments Off

2008 The Original Amazing Indian Reality Show

Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel have had it up to here with Slumdog Millionaire analogies. Yes, O.K., they get it: They come from impoverished Indian families. Their path out of poverty began with a reality show called The Million Dollar Arm. If you must know, they’ve seen the Oscar-winning Bollywood-inspired blockbuster, and they loved it. Loved it. But the two youngsters wish the Americans they meet — journalists, teammates, the kindly lady at the Walmart checkout line in Bradenton, Fla. — would get over it already.

By |March 3rd, 2009|Buzz|Comments Off

Playing Hardball – Cover Story, India Empire

Pitchforked from obscurity in Uttar Pradesh into the fairytale world of the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel are creating a minor frenzy – both in the US as well as back home. But are they good enough to hit the major league or just props in an American publicity stunt?

By |February 20th, 2009|Buzz|Comments Off

Novice Pitchers from India Sign with the Pirates

Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh, cricket players who had not picked up a baseball until April, on Monday became the first athletes from India to sign professional baseball contracts, agreeing to deals with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

By |December 1st, 2008|Buzz|Comments Off

From UP villages to US baseball fields

It reads like an impossible Bollywood fantasy: a teenager who speaks no English and four years ago worked at construction sites to fund a javelin-throwing career is now worth crores of rupees in flood-lit US baseball arenas.

Except, it’s true.

Four years ago, Dinesh Patel, then 15, worked for 25 days at sites near his dusty village of Khanpur on the outskirts of the holy city of Varanasi to collect Rs. 3,500 as admission fees to the Guru Gobind Singh Sports College in Lucknow.

By |November 27th, 2008|Buzz|Comments Off