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Phoenix Speaker is Well-Known Sports Writer

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Prime Timers of Phoenix was recently honored to have as our guest speaker Bill Konigsberg, who is a sought after speaker nationwide on the subject of “Gays in Professional Sports”

Bill started his career as a sports reporter covering the NY Mets for the Daily News in 1994.  He became nationally known for his creative handling of that year’s baseball strike: he simply simulated the entire rest of the season, through the World Series!


Bill became known as one of the top sports journalists in the country, working at some of the largest newspapers as well as the Associated Press, but shook things up considerably  in 2001 when – angered by the continuing homophobia he saw in professional sports – he “came out” as a gay man on the front page of  That action was later  included in’s list of the most important gay moments in sports history, and Bill won the GLAAD Media Award for his article.

Over the past five years, Bill has concentrated on writing books.  He recently released his second novel, Openly Straight, which received rave reviews in the NY Times.  Like his 2008 debut novel, Out of the Pocket, this novel features a gay high school athlete, dealing with coming out and homophobia.  Out of the Pocket received a Lambda Literary  Award.

We were thrilled to have Bill as our speaker.  His presentation took us from raucous laughter to tears. If you’d like to follow Bill go to his blog spot at:

Out of the Pocket is out of print, but you can find it at your local library. Openly Straight is available on and also can be downloaded from Kindle.

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