Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life In and Out of Major-League Baseball

Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life In and Out of Major-League Baseball


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From major league baseball’s only openly gay former player—and now its first-ever Ambassador for Inclusion—the intimate chronicle of a man who, in the prime of his career, had to make a terrible choice between his love of the game and the love of his life

More than ten years after its original publication, Going the Other Way remains deeply moving, and more timely than ever.

By virtue of a relentless work ethic, exceptional multi-sport talent, and a quick left-handed swing, Billy Bean made it to the majors, where he played from 1987 to 1995—an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres. But as a gay man in the brutally anti-gay world of baseball, closeted to teammates and family, Bean found himself unable to reconcile two worlds that he felt to be mutually exclusive. At the young age of 31, in the prime of his career, even as he solidified his role as a major-league utility player, Bean walked away from the game that was both his calling and his livelihood.

At once heartbreaking and farcical, ruminative and uncensored, this unprecedented memoir points the way toward a more perfect game, one in which all players can pursue their athletic dreams free of prejudice and discrimination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615192632
Publisher: Experiment, The
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

In 2014 Billy Bean was appointed Major League Baseball’s first Ambassador for Inclusion, in which role he is at the fore of the League’s efforts for a fair and equitable workplace throughout all of baseball.

Chris Bull is cofounder of Gay Cities: Your Travel and City Guide and editorial director of Queerty.com, the most popular LGBT blog in the world.

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Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life in and out of Major League Baseball 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and have to admit that the story is a very good one and I am glad that he did the book and took the chances that he did. But, I do have to say in my honest opinion after reading quite a few books (bio) that there was much to much of stats and other name players of baseball throughout the entire book. I really wanted more of Billy and maybe more details of his intimate moments and other adventures if it was avaialable. I felt myself quite frequently skimming pages that I saw were leading off with long explanations about these other players and their stats, which I have no clue what they mean. I finished the book but was a bit disapointed with how much emphasis was put on the elaboration of baseball, its players and the excessive amount of figures and stats that goes along with it. Yes, he was a professional baseball player, and no one could deny that...but I just think some of the extra details involving soooooooooo many players names and stats could have been left out. It might have shortened the book a few pages but I really don't think it would have been missed for the average reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best autobiography I've ever read! It lifts up your heart, and break it many times over. I read this book in one day, I could not put it down! I wish everyone would read this book, it would help to get past prejudices. You do not need to be gay to enjoy this book, it's not just about that. It's about a man who dared to follow his dream(s) and that man just happened to be gay. It's amazing and unbelievable, buy it, trust me it's worth it!
mtilleman07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Man, this book was written a long time ago (in gay time). I was just coming out when it was, and it reminded me how different the world was then. That being said, at no time did anyone need to be reminded how dependable a baseball player Bean considered himself this many times. Merciful heavens.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Learning does not end after the 12th grade it continues on in life and if we are lucky, we follow in the footsteps of a Legend. Billy Bean is that Legend who in his personal life conqured the fear of being gay. Life is about two things - love and fear. Billy chose Love and I'm so proud of him! This is the best book I've ever read. Thank You Billy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book changed my life forever. If you are a closeted gay male in a straight male dominated work enviroment, then you need to read this book. Great for law enforcement officers, firefighters, military, or professional athletes.... or just anyone who is gay and closeted. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There should be more books like going the other way it's worth the read .