Professional Baseball Welcomes First Openly-Gay Ballplayer

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Thursday, June 25 was Gay Pride night at Arnold Park, home to the Sonoma Stompers. It also was the day that professional baseball would have its first openly gay man on the field.

Sean Conroy, 23, is a right-handed pitcher for the Stompers who threw a 7-0 victory during last night’s game. He struck out 11 batters in the process and allowed a mere three hits over nine innings.

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General manager of the ball club, Theo Fightmaster, said Conroy told his teammates and the team’s management before he decided to go public with this sexual orientation. “His goal has always been to be the first openly gay baseball player, so he was very much in favor of telling the story, of carrying that torch,” Fightmaster said.

Former MLB outfielder, Billy Bean, was the first known gay baseball player, but he announced his sexual orientation after his…

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Professional Baseball Welcomes First Openly-Gay Ballplayer

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