Tonight in Chicago the National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame will induct its very first class of honorees. The group leading the way into the Hall includes former major league baseball umpire Dave Pallone, tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis and former Boston Celtic Jason Collins.
"It is a tremendous honor and ... I hope it gives young people and adults alike who happen to be LGBT and want to be in professional sports another example of why they should continue to strive for their dreams," Pallone said.
Among the events schedule for the weekend is “Out at Wrigley” which is being billed as the largest “gay day” at a major league sporting event.
"This will help preserve history," said Executive Director Bill Gubrud. "You are not going to know where to go if you don't know where you've been and many in the gay community don't know Glenn Burke." Burke is also being inducted, posthumously. He played for the Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1970s.
According to Burke, Chicago was chosen as the host location for the Hall for a variety of reasons including the fact that the Chicago Cubs, more than a decade ago, became the first professional sports team to place an ad in a gay newspaper.
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