Billy Bean

Major League Baseball’s Ambassador for Inclusion and author of Going the Other Way

From major league baseball’s only openly gay former player—the intimate chronicle of a man who, in the prime of his career, had to make a terrible choice between his love of the game and the love of his life

By virtue of his relentless work ethic and quick left-handed swing, Billy Bean made it to the majors—playing for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres. But as a closeted gay man in the brutally anti-gay world of baseball, he was caught between two worlds that seemed mutually exclusive. Finally, at the young age of 31, Bean walked away from the game that was both his calling and his livelihood.

At once heartbreaking and farcical, ruminative and uncensored, Going the Other Way is an unprecedented memoir that points the way toward a more perfect game—one free of prejudice.

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Coauthor Chris Bull is cofounder of Gay Cities: Your Travel and City Guide and editorial director of, the most popular LGBT blog in the world. He lives in San Francisco, California.