Maddow's Pitch Equips Iraqi Baseball Team

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2009 11:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Iraqi national baseball team will finally look the part thanks to Rachel Maddow, McClatchy Newspapers report. After seeing a story on the team, which had been making do with one borrowed softball bat, some second-hand gloves, and no uniforms, the MSNBC host vowed to help. After she ran a segment on the team, offers of help poured in.

A New York-based company has donated bats, gloves, and cleats, Ebbets Field Flannels is designing and tailoring uniforms, and Maddow herself is chipping in batting helmets, balls, and copies of the rulebook. Though Ebbets usually works with wool, it will make mesh uniforms to accommodate Iraq’s climate. “We’re going to see the Iraqis play in some of the smartest uniforms in the world,” its president boasted.