Get to Know Pro Baseball's Gay Pioneers
BY Michelle Garcia
March 21 2014 5:00 AM ET
Kevin McClatchy, former owner, Pittsburgh Pirates
The former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kevin McClatchy, is still amazed that not a single pro baseballer has come out while playing.
When he came out in September 2012, he told The New York Times that he was bothered that “tens of thousands of people have played either professional minor league baseball or major league baseball. Not one has come out and said that they’re gay while they’re playing," which was why he was coming out publicly at that moment.
McClatchy left his position with the Pirates in 2007, but he said he was worried about coming out while he was with the team because of its precarious place in the world.
"I was frightened that my own personal situation could in some way jeopardize the whole franchise," he said.