The Million Dollar Arm was launched in November 2007 to discover the fastest arm in India (also known as IND) (for males between 15-25) and nurture their development to become the first Indian to play professional baseball in the United States (also known as USA) . Approximately 30k kids participated in the first contest which was held across 30 stops in India. The finals were held in Mumbai. The entire contest-from the qualifiers to the finals- was telecast on Zee Sports.
Rinku Singh was the winner of the contest. Dinesh Kumar Patel was the first runner-up. They are both currently training at the RDRBI Institute located at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.