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Billy Bean

Billy Bean

Only Living Former Major League Baseball Player to Acknowledge His Homosexuality
FEE RANGE: $10,000–$15,000 [FEE NOTE]
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As a shirtless Little Leaguer racing around the sun-drenched diamonds of Southern California, Billy Bean imitated his childhood baseball heroes Steve Garvey and Fred Lynn as he dreamed of becoming a professional ballplayer. By virtue of a relentless work ethic, exceptional multi-sport talent, and a quick left-handed swing, Bean became one of the very few athletes to make it to the big leagues playing in the majors from 1987 to 1995 for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres. He is the only living former major league baseball player to acknowledge his homosexuality. After years of living secretly, Billy came out publicly in 1999. His story was front- page news in the New York Times, and subsequently on a nationally televised story with Diane Sawyer. Billy’s memoir, Going the Other Way, is the intimate story of a man who, in the prime of his career, faced a heartbreaking dilemma and, in time, learned to follow his own path.

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