TribLIVE

| AandE


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Trailer arrives for 'Million Dollar Arm,' story of Pirates' Indian prospects

Walt Disney Pictures
Jon Hamm (left) stars as sports agent JB Bernstein in Disney's 'Million Dollar Arm' with, from left, Madhur Mittal, Suraj Sharma and Pitobash.

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, 12:30 p.m.
 

The first trailer is out for “Million Dollar Arm,” the story of how two young men from India went from winning a reality show to being signed to major league contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The movie, which is due out on May 16, stars Jon Hamm as sports agent J.B. Bernstein, who with the help of venture capitalists hatched the idea for a contest to find the hardest thrower in India. More than 37,000 Indians tried out for the show in 2008, before the pool was cut to 30 contestants.

Rinku Singh won the contest and $100,000; Dinesh Patel was the runner-up. Both then came to the U.S. where they were briefly trained by Tom House (Bill Paxton), a former major league pitcher and University of Southern California pitching coach.

The Pirates signed both players. Singh, 23, who became the first Indian to appear in a minor league game, is still with the organization. The left-handed pitcher went 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 39 relief outings last season for the Pirates' Class-A affiliate, West Virginia Power, in Charleston. Patel was released by the club in 2010.

The majority of the film follows the events leading up to their signings but Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki says the club and Major League Baseball were consulted by the production company.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Penguins notebook: Crosby understands NHL’s reasoning for ban
  2. Letang produces 5 assists in return as Penguins defeat Jets, 5-3
  3. Pirates trade Snider to Orioles for minor league pitcher
  4. Wilkinsburg man killed in his apartment
  5. Chartiers Valley displays shooting touch in blowout win over USC
  6. Pittsburgh to consider measure to give city employees 6 weeks of paid parental leave
  7. No cross-checking here: Penguins misspell ‘Sidney’
  8. Pens get physical, trade Goc for Blues’ Lapierre
  9. Winfield man is one of a few to attend all 49 Super Bowl games
  10. Now a Patriot, RB Blount’s thrilled to have moved on from Steelers
  11. Panthers drop heartbreaker in overtime to Virginia Tech