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12.16.2008

india's first professional baseball players

Here's another story on Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, who recently joined the Pittsburgh Pirates to become the first baseball players from India to sign a professional baseball contract: Indian pitchers are first for America's national pastime. The two have a lot to learn about baseball, but they come with some seriously raw, awesome potential.

Both men, plucked from an Indian reality show, have demonstrated pitching arms that can throw past the 90 mile per hour mark. Awesome, considering that before this whole thing started for them, they had never even picked up a baseball. Their journey continues when they take the mound for the Pirates during spring training.