Baseball Not Yet Safe for Gays

Broadway portrayal of homosexual ballplayer runs counter to reality

NEW YORK – In the few first seconds of the most controversial new play on Broadway, a young, handsome and cocky major-league baseball superstar casually and unashamedly mentions to the media and his teammates that he is gay. His talents are so god-like, his life to date so charmed and insulated from hatred, it never occurs to him to care what anyone else might think about that.

Art, in this case, certainly does not imitate life. Because in the entire history of the four major American professional team sports, not one player ever has come out as a homosexual while still collecting paychecks and banking endorsements.

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