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Bean, William Daro (Billy)

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Born: 1964 AD
Currently alive, at 49 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Baseball Player

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1964 - Born on May 11th in Santa Ana, California. Former major league baseball player (Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres).

1982 - By the time he was in high school, he had developed into a strong athlete, quarterbacking the football team and playing in the outfield for the baseball team that won the state championship, his senior year.

1987 - Bean had begun his professional baseball career. Assigned to the Tigers' triple-A club, the Toledo Mud Hens, after spring training, Bean was called up to Detroit less than a month into the season.

1989 - He fell in love with fellow student Anna Maria Amato, whom he married.

         - He had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1992-1993 - The Dodgers sold Bean's contract to the Kenetsu Buffaloes in Japan, where he spent "a miserable nine-month stint" before his agent got him a minor-league contract with the San Diego Padres for the season.

         - Upon returning to the United States, Bean began frequenting gay bars and exploring his true sexuality, but it was in a gym that he found a romantic partner, Sam Madani, an Iranian whose family had fled their native country.

1994 - Madani was diagnosed as HIV-positive and began a treatment regimen of AZT. Bean was tested and found to be uninfected.

         - Bean returned to Miami, where he did some sports reporting and also became a partner in Veiga's restaurant, Yuca.

2000 - Bean began speaking out for glbtq rights. He appeared at the Millennium March and has given speeches at events of the Human Rights Campaign, which he strongly supports.

         - He was also a featured spokesman for the Democratic National Committee.

2003 - Co-wrote his memoir, Going The Other Way: Lessons from a life in and out of Major League Baseball with Chris Bull.

2006 - Bean joined the all gay and lesbian panel of the Game Show Network's revival of I've Got a Secret.

         - Presently a real estate developer in Miami, Florida.

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