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Paul Halterman donated this equipment to the Barney McCosky Baseball League after it became the victim of a thief. Paul Halterman donated this equipment to the Barney McCosky Baseball League after it became the victim of a thief.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Some Little League players ripped off by a cold-hearted thief are going to get to play ball after all.

Not long ago, the Barney McCosky Baseball League in Detroit was robbed and ransacked.  Much of the equipment was stolen.  It turns out that was just the beginning.

Fox 2 viewers stepped up to the plate.  Paul Halterman donated 42 baseballs, six bats, shin guards, mitts, helmets, gloves and more to a league whose season was in jeopardy.

Monday, Coach Sam Crowder said almost 300 three to nine-year-olds would have to sit the season out, and that is what would have happened if it wasn't for viewers like you.

"I remember playing Little League as a kid and thought that's just some messed up stuff, and we can fix that.  We can help," said James Yarbarough from Always Available Drain and Rooter.

The Wyandotte company replaced all of the copper piping stolen during the break-in with plastic tubing.  It works better, but it's not valuable to thieves.

Then they called friends from KDI Kitchen and Bath in Livonia.  Fred Decaminada said helping this league was God's will because what happened next was too good to be true.

"From the wall to where it's going is exactly 99 inches, and I have 99 inches of cabinets in my trailer.  I've got a sink base and two base cabinets that are 33 inches each.  It's just incredible," he said.

The viewers just kept coming, starting with coaches from Beverly Hills Little League.

"The question was is there anything we can do, and my first response is you're darn right we can.  We have a lot of extra equipment," said Lloyd Diehl.  "We brought 35 helmets, ten sets of catcher's gear, a lot of extra cages for helmets, balls.  I've got five dozen brand new balls."

"Some of the tiling and some of the painting that obviously needs to be done, I mean, this is what UAW Ford is all about.  We're part of the community.  We're not going anywhere, and we're going to make Detroit a better place.  We're just looking to do our part," said Darryl Nolin.

"If they need uniforms or whatever we need to help these kids, we're going to do it," said Jane Granger from UAW Ford.

"Just a testament to the true spirit of Detroiters.  That's what it's all about," said Crowder.

In the next few weeks, the building will undergo a complete transformation.  There will be new ceilings, chairs and desks.  It will be a new clubhouse with increased security full of kids just ready to play ball.

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