Currently alive, at 51 years of age.
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.