As a self-described baseball geek, writer-producer Dan Fogelman was eager to take on “Pitch,” Fox’s new drama about the first woman to become a major league player.
But he had one big concern.
“I said, ‘If we don’t get Major League Baseball to sign on as partners, I don’t think we can do the show,’” he said in a recent interview from his office on the Paramount lot in Hollywood. “I didn’t want to do a series about a fictional baseball team.”
Real team uniforms, logos and stadiums were needed to sell viewers on the concept of a woman breaking the gender barrier in a male sport. Before...