Projects

OUR PROJECT INITIATIVES

EQUIPMENT DONATION

Spalding Baseball donated 350 gloves and over 200 balls to baseball players in Manipur. Major League Baseball International, The College Of New Jersey and Sundaram Tagore Gallery donated bats, helmets, catchers' guards and shin guards. The US Embassy in India shipped these donations to Manipur.

Spalding’s gifts, Manipur 2006

COACHING CAMPS

FIRST PITCH and Major League Major League Baseball International organized Camp Manipur!a ten-day camp conducted by MLBI Envoy Coaches Jeff Brueggemann and Dave Palese. It produced 31 Manipuri coaches, including 9 women coaches. In preparation, the  Manipur Amateur Baseball Association organized a 10-day Fall Training in September 2006.

 

Jeff coaching, Manipur 2006

A DOCUMENTARY FILM

"The Only Real Game", directed by Mirra Bank, follows the extraordinary story of two fundamentally disparate cultures that come together in a spirit of true cultural diplomacy. It tells an underdog story that brings us to the heart of the great American game. . Baseball Dreams, LLC is an independent production company incorporated in the state of New York to produce the documentary. The film is produced by Laine Valentino, Muriel Peters, Richard Brockman and Mirra Bank.

 

Find information about the film and view the trailer at http://www.OnlyRealGameMovie.com

 

Jeff, Mirra, and Laine, Manipur 2006

BALLPARK

First Pitch is seeking funds to create one or two regulation baseball parks to replace the rough multi-purpose fields now masquerading as baseball diamonds.

 

Surveying a field: Richard, Jeff, Mike, Dave and RK Ronen, Manipur 2006.

 

ON-GOING

FIRST PITCH will continue its drive to provide new and used equipment for Manipur’s players.

NOVEMBER 2007

FIRST PITCH second visit by MLBI coaches to Manipur. Jeff Brueggemann and Dave Palese returned to gage the progress made since Camp Manipur! 2006. Previously certified coaches will receive further training.

SEPTEMBER 2007

Four Manipuri coaches came to participate in The College of New Jersey’s coaching program set up by its Baseball team and Global Studies Department, together with MLB. Under this program an international roster of coaches will shadow Coach Rick Dell for two weeks.

Dave coaches. Geet interprets. Manipur 2006