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Billy Bean

Billy Bean
Born: (1964-05-11) May 11, 1964 (age 55)
Santa Ana, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 25, 1987, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
July 8, 1995, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Batting average.226
Home runs5
Runs batted in53

William Daro Bean (born May 11, 1964) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers (1987-1989), Los Angeles Dodgers (1989), and San Diego Padres (1993-1995), as well as the Kintetsu Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball in 1992.

Bean publicly came out as gay in 1999. Since 2014, he has served as MLB's first Ambassador for Inclusion.

Early life

Bean was born to Linda Robertson, who was 18 years old, and Bill Bean, who were classmates at Santa Ana High School in Santa Ana, California. The couple married while Linda was pregnant, but separated when Billy was six months old. Linda married Ed Kovac, a police officer, and they had five children together.[1]

Playing career

Bean attended Santa Ana High School,[2] and won a state championship with the school's baseball team. He enrolled at Loyola Marymount University on an athletic scholarship to play college baseball for the Loyola Marymount Lions.[1] After his junior year, the New York Yankees selected Bean in the 24th round of the 1985 MLB Draft.[3] Though the Yankees offered Bean a $55,000 signing bonus, Bean followed through with his promise to return to Loyola Marymount for his senior year.[1] Bean appeared with the Lions in the 1986 College World Series.[4][5]

The Detroit Tigers selected Bean in the fourth round of the 1986 MLB Draft.[4] He signed with the Tigers for $12,500. Bean made his major league debut for the Tigers on April 24, 1987. He spent most of the 1988 season in the minor leagues, where he led the Toledo Mud Hens in batting average;[6][7] however, he played in 10 games for the Tigers after he was promoted in August 1988. He played in nine games for the Tigers in the 1989 season.[1] On July 17, 1989, the Tigers traded Bean to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor leaguers Steve Green and Domingo Michel.[8] He batted .197 for the Dodgers in 51 games, and was demoted to the minor leagues.[1]

Bean played in Minor League Baseball during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. He played for the Kintetsu Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball in 1992.[1] Bean signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres before the 1993 season, and was promoted back to the major leagues.[5] He batted .260 in 88 games for the Padres in 1993, and .215 in 84 games for the Padres in 1994. After playing for the Padres in 1995, Bean opted to retire from baseball after the 1995 season.[1]

Personal life

Billy Bean, Spirit Day[9] 2016-10-20 at Dodger Stadium

Billy Bean married a woman he met when he was 24 years old at Loyola Marymount. The marriage lasted for three years.[1][10] He had his first sexual experience with a man when he was 28 years old. Bean came out as gay to his parents during his time playing for the Padres. He came out publicly to Lydia Martin of the Miami Herald in 1999. He became the second Major League Baseball player to publicly come out as gay. Glenn Burke was the first to come out to his teammates and employers during his playing days, though Burke did not come out to the public at large until his career was over.[1]

Bean moved to Miami Beach, Florida, to be with partner Efrain Veiga, the founder of Yuca restaurant in Miami. Bean and Veiga were together for thirteen years; they broke up in July 2008.[11][12]

Bean lives in Miami and sells real estate.[] After acknowledging that he is gay, Bean went on to write a book, Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life in and out of Major League Baseball.[13]

Bean was appointed MLB's first "Ambassador for Inclusion" on July 15, 2014.[14] In this role, Bean counseled David Denson, who became the first minor league player signed to an MLB organization to come out as gay.[15]

Television appearances

Bean was a panelist on GSN's I've Got a Secret revival in 2006, and is a board member of the Gay and Lesbian Athletics Foundation.[] He appeared in a 2009 episode of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, showing Griffin several homes.[16]

In the summer of 2007, it was announced that he had been hired as a consultant by Scout Productions, the team of David Collins and Michael Williams, who produced Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, for their next project with Showtime entitled The Beard. The project is a romantic comedy about a gay professional baseball player who enters into a relationship with a woman in order to survive in the sports world.[]

Bean starred in a MTV episode of Made, he was an actor in an episode of the sitcom Frasier[17] and appeared as himself on the HBO series Arli$$ in the 2002 episode "Playing it Safe".


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lipsyte, Robert (September 6, 1999). "BASEBALL; A Major League Player's Life Of Isolation and Secret Fear". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Coker, Matt (October 6, 2011). "Billy Bean, Pride of Santa Ana High and "Out" Major Leaguer, Rolls With Moneyball Billy Beane Confusion". Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "1985 New York Yankees Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft -". Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Billy Bean Means Business : Baseball Becomes a Job When Major League Is Within Reach". latimes. July 14, 1986. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Former Loyola Marymount Outfielder Bean Is Getting a Chance With Padres". latimes. June 27, 1993. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Mud Hens Yearly Leaders (1965-present)" (PDF). Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Brad Pitt does not play gay Billy Bean in "Moneyball," he plays straight Billy Beane". SB Nation. October 3, 2011. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "The Pittsburgh Press - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ Spirit Day, Retrieved May 18, 2017
  10. ^ Martin, Lydia (August 5, 1999). "A Fresh Start: Once A Closeted Major League Outfielder, Billy Bean Is Now Finding His Own Voice". Chicago Tribune. Knight Ridder. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Buzinski, Jim (June 29, 2008). "Billy Bean, partner split". OutSports. Retrieved 2009.
  12. ^ "Bean-Viega Split Accompanied by Tragedy". The Advocate. July 11, 2008. Retrieved 2009.
  13. ^ Bugg, Sean (May 15, 2003). "Out of the Park: Former pro-baseball player Billy Bean pursues a new field of dreams". Metro Weekly. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ Maury Brown. "MLB Names Former Major League Outfielder Billy Bean As First". Forbes. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ Tom Haudricourt. "Brewers minor-leaguer makes baseball history by coming out publicly as gay". Retrieved 2015.
  16. ^ "Meet Billy Bean, Major League Baseball's Gay Rights Ambassador". Details. Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ "Billy Bean (I)".

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