Boston College pitcher Samrath Singh is believed to be the first observant Sikh to ever play Division 1 baseball.

He is studying finance (he’s also minoring in computer science).


Keeping The Faith

Samrath Singh ’22 grew up in New Jersey in a loving family, starred at sports, excelled in school, and even learned to play the viola. He was also raised as an observant Sikh, which is why Boston College struck his parents as an odd fit when it came time for their son, by then a standout baseball player and student, to decide on a university...

...With the family quickly warming to BC, Singh had one final question: How would Gambino feel about him wearing his turban while he pitched?

"Well, what do you want to do?" the coach asked.

"This is me," Singh responded. "This is who I am. This is my religion. I want to pitch like this."

"I said, 'Let’s do it, dude,'" Gambino recalled. "I remember at that point, I looked at him, I’m like, 'I’m all in on this kid.'"...

...The pandemic and a return of the pain in his arm have limited Singh to just a couple of appearances since the game against Fairfield but he remains optimistic about his baseball future. It’s great for Sikh kids to look up to MLB stars Mike Trout or Bryce Harper, he said, "but I want them to be able to see themselves in someone at that level. So being the first observant Sikh playing on nationally televised baseball games, that would mean the world to me."

Meanwhile, Singh just completed his junior year at the Carroll School, where he is studying finance (he’s also minoring in computer science). He said that he stands out as an observant Sikh at a Jesuit Catholic school, but just as Gambino promised him during his recruitment visit, he feels right at home. "I want you to know how well you’ll fit in here because you’re Sikh," his coach had told him. "Because your diversity will fit in here." 

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