Monday, April 06, 2015

Billy Bean is Major League Baseball's Ambassador for Inclusion

Recently (in February) the MLB Network aired a special about the career of Billy Bean, the first openly gay player in Major League Baseball, who came out in 1999. USA Today has a story with clips from the special here.  He played, as a left-handed hitting outfielder, for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres.  The USA clip shows his first major league home run.
Billy Bean was hired by MLB as Ambassador for Inclusion in July 2014, was reported in Outsports here .
Bean is the author of “Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life in Major League Baseball”. 
Bean should not be confuses with Billy Beane, Oakland A’s owner, who is sometimes viewed as the subject of the movie “Moneyball”.
Today, of course, is Opening Day for many teams,  It is common for teams to have LGBT fan days.
The Washington Post reports Monday, in a story by Marc Fisher, that baseball is losing fans to other sports, especially soccer, link here 
I grew up “suffering” with the Washington Senators who played in old Griffith Stadium, now the site of Howard University Hospital, and not far from the Town DC and 930 clubs.  As kids, we played backyard softball and wiffleball and made cardboard stadium boardgames, especially in summers in Ohio.  I got to know the Cleveland Indians and the old Municipal Stadium on Lake Erie pretty well  

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