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Your On Deck Circle for Friday, March 12, 2021

On Deck Circle is a round-up of what’s new in LGBTQ sports news along with today’s social media spotlight.

A baseball player stands in the on deck circle ready to face a pitcher in an MLB game at what was once known as AT&T Park in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shelby Weldon/Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Hello and welcome to On Deck Circle for today, Friday, March 12, 2021. Yeah, we’re back! Sorry, we were absent yesterday. Shit happens, you know?

Your need to read time today is 2 minutes.

Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:

New York’s American League baseball team in 1903
The New York Americans, soon to be renamed the Highlanders, in 1903. Within a year they’d become known as the Yankees.
Sports Team History

On this day in 1903, the American League approved a new baseball team for New York City that, like all A.L. teams at that time, would be known as the Americans, with the added nomenclature of their hometown. Owners Joseph Gordon, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery bought the defunct Baltimore franchise for $18,000 in January of 1903, and moved the team to a new ballpark in Upper Manhattan, just a few blocks from the Polo Grounds.

Hilltop Park in what is now Washington Heights in New York City.
Just a few blocks from the Polo Grounds, Hilltop Park was home to the New York Americans beginning in 1903. The Manhattan ballpark would also be where the Highlanders, the Yankees, and even the Giants would play until 1912.
Bowery Boys

The hastily constructed, all-wood park at 168th Street and Broadway in Washington Heights, now home to the New York Presbyterian Columbia Irving Medical Center, featured a swamp in right field. One of the highest spots in Manhattan, their home field soon became known as “Hilltop Park” and soon the New York Americans were renamed “the Highlanders.”

A flyer featuring photos of the players on the American League’s New York City baseball team.
The New York Americans of 1903.
Public Domain clipart

How did the Highlanders become the Yankees? Jim Price, a newspaper sports editor, coined the unofficial nickname, “Yanks” in 1904, because he said it was easier to fit in headlines. So, next time you tweet at a Yankees fan, tell him or her or them their ballclub owes its name to a journalist who couldn’t work with an abundance of 11-characters. The Yankees launched a scholarship initiative in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

Today’s Outsports Headlines:

Tennessee businesses sign open letter opposing state’s anti-trans athlete bill

In this photo illustration the Amazon logo is seen on a... Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Mississippi gov. signs law banning transgender athletes from playing women’s sports

Mississippi Votes To Remove Confederate Symbols From State Flag
Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves.
Photo by Rogelio V. Solis-Pool/Getty Images

Pro wrestler Aiden Aggro comes out as pansexual

Aiden Aggro Harry Aaron

Natasha Cloud and Aleshia Ocasio got married


A mother’s letter to her daughter

Kendra Stansbury
Kendra Stansbury and her daughter
Kendra Stansbury

Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news...

How Some States Are Moving to Restrict Transgender Women in Sports

States seek curbs on transgender girls in sports, inflaming U.S. culture war

New Michigan bill: Divide high school teams based on biological sex

GOP Senators tried to add a trans girls sports ban to the COVID bill. It nearly passed

Today’s SB Nation’s top stories...

Patriots re-sign Cam Newton to a one-year contract

New York Jets v New England Patriots
Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second half against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 3, 2021 in Foxborough, Mass.
Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

Patrick Ewing was ‘stopped and accosted’ at Madison Square Garden during Big East tournament

Georgetown v St John’s
Head coach Patrick Ewing of the Georgetown Hoyas reacts during an NCAA men’s basketball game against the St. John’s Red Storm at Madison Square Garden on January 9, 2018 in New York City.
Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Top LGBTQ News...

Demi Lovato Feels ‘Too Queer’ to Date a Cis Man

Celebrating America Primetime Special
Demi Lovato sings for the Joe Biden Inauguration celebration.
Photo by Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images

This Project Maps 25 Years of New York’s Lesbian Nightlife

Negative attitudes towards effeminacy associated with internalized homophobia among gay and bisexual men

Grassroots online efforts are forming a new queer network of care

Today’s OutShout:

Our friend Jon Holmes of Sky Sports and Sports Media LGBT+ let us know about a new blog from Edward Kandel at LGBTQ+ in Sport over there in the U.K. It’s a new grassroots collective of people young at heart across Great Britain, working towards making sport inclusive for all. The blog also highlights their TikTok launch, which you can watch here:


Our team and mission ️‍ #lgbt #sport #lgbtqsport #team #diversity #pride @sportsequalityfdn

♬ Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz

Subscribe to the TikTok account by clicking here.

If you’re an LGBTQ person in sports looking to connect with others in the community, head over to GO! SPACE to meet and interact with other LGBTQ athletes, or to Equality Coaching Alliance to find other coaches, administrators and other non-athletes in sports.

Social Media Spotlight:

As Mary Emily O’Hara wrote in the latest edition of their aweesome substack, Outsourced: Michelle Obama visited with Zaya Wade and then “stopped by to visit celesbianism’s hottest couple Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger. It all took place on Instagram, but she may as well have strolled into The Abbey and stuck a dollar in a go-go boy’s thong! Welcome to the gayborhood, Mrs. President! Marie Claire covered Zaya’s adorable nervousness, and I couldn’t find a single piece of news coverage of Obama’s visit with soccer’s leading lesbians. But here’s the whole video from Ashlyn’s Insta:”

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If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at or tag @Outsports on Instagram or Twitter!

Today’s Outsports Podcast:

Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today, Ken Schultz will bring us a new episode of 3 Strikes You’re Out for your Spring Training fix.

Shelby Weldon

This and all Outsports podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and on every platform where you find Outsports!

Today’s Sports Calendar:

MLB Spring Training:

Exhibition games are underway! Click here for MLB’s guide to your favorite teams’ schedules.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro hockey action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro basketball action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s college basketball action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of women’s college basketball action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.

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