In June, Sean Conroy, a pitcher for the minor league Sonoma Stompers in California, made history by becoming the first openly gay active professional baseball player. This history has now been preserved at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., where the lineup card and scorecard from the June 25 game are on display.
"It's very humbling and completely unexpected," Conroy told the Hall of Fame. What's cool is that all Conroy's teammates signed the lineup card:
The June 25 game was Pride Night for the Stompers and Conroy responded by throwing a shutout, preserved forever in the scorecard also on display:
Conroy's teammates have been wonderfully supportive, wearing rainbow socks for the historic game.
Conroy, 23, plays in the independent Pacific Association of Baseball Clubs and is not affiliated with a Major League Baseball team. On the season, Conroy is 5-3 with a 2.70 ERA and a more than 3 to 1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio.
Last month, David Denson of the Milwaukee Brewers farm system also came out as gay.