Million Dollar Arm

Million Dollar Arm

Sometimes to Win, You Have to Change the Game

Book - 2014
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"A TRUE STORY OF FINDING THE AMERICAN DREAM. ABROAD India is a country with more than one billion people, a fanatical national cricket obsession, and exactly zero talent scouts. There, superstar sports agent J. B. Bernstein knew that he could find the Yao Ming of baseball-- someone with a strong arm and enough raw talent to pitch in the major leagues. Almost no one in India is familiar with the game, but Bernstein had heard enough coaches swear that if you gave them a guy who throws a hundred miles an hour, they could teach him how to pitch. So in 2007, Bernstein flew to Mumbai with a radar gun and a plan to find his diamond in the rough. His idea was The Million Dollar Arm, a reality television competition with a huge cash prize and a chance to become the first native of India to sign a contract with an American major-league team. The result is a humorous and inspiring story about three guys transformed: Bernstein, the consummate bachelor and shrewd businessman, and Dinesh and Rinku, the two young men from small farming villages whom he brought home to California. Million Dollar Arm is a timeless reflection on baseball and the American dream, as well as a tale of victory over incredible odds. But, above all, it's about the limitless possibilities inside every one of us"-- Provided by publisher.
"Soon to be a feature film starring John Hamm (releasing May 16, 2014), Million Dollar Arm is the memoir of a successful sports agent who went to India to run a televised pitching contest, teach the winners about baseball, and get them recruited by Major League Baseball--changing forever the lives of two young men and their families back home, as well as his own"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2014
New York : Gallery Books, 2014
Edition: First Gallery Books trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781476765884
Branch Call Number: B BERNSTEIN 2014
Characteristics: 233 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Paley, Rebecca


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Sep 08, 2016

Amusing in that author's brash reality show forced established Who wants to be a millionaire (Indian version) to up their top prize money to stay competitive.
Sad that third potential star was undermined by Indian legal & caste system.
Thoughtful for contrarian agent to find a diamond in the rough in an untapped market & the ripple effects.
Funny in that his future wife lived in the same apartment building as he was or she got angry over fictional event in movie script.


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