On Deck today: Billie Jean King, Steve Kornacki, trans athletes

Hello and welcome to On Deck Circle for today, Monday, March 1, 2021. Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month, Bisexual+ Health Awareness Month and it’s the day my New York Mets start their exhibition spring training games!

Your need to read time today is 90-seconds.

Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:

On this day in 1903, Major League Baseball Rules Committee rule that pitcher’s mound must not be more than 15 inches higher than the baselines or home plate. So, it turns out, size does matter!


Today’s Outsports Headlines:

Denver Post Archives

Billie Jean King, 1973.
Denver Post via Getty Images

Exploring The University of California, Los Angeles

UCLA
Photo by George Rose/Getty Images

Glenn Burke wears a Dodgers uniform at bat on the cover of this new biography.

The cover of Andrew Maraniss’s new biography of Glenn Burke.
Philomel Books

Key Speakers At Conservative Political Action Conference

Shocker: Donald Trump mocks women athletes.
Getty


Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news…

Activists protest SD House passage of transgender athletics bill

“Describing it in one word, lifesaving”; Kris Wilka who is transgender talks importance of sports

ESPN catches up to a story we did in Outsports in January: Heard of the Steelers? No, not them, the gay rugby team from London

‘Lioness’: Olympic Champion Boxer Nicola Adams Subject Of Feature Doc

Blackhawks send NBC’s Steve Kornacki new retro jersey


Today’s SB Nation’s top story…

Michigan State v Illinois

Dan Dakich
Getty


Top LGBTQ News…

Different fight, ‘same goal’: How the Black freedom movement inspired early gay activists

Rosamund Pike Wins Golden Globe for Lesbian Thriller ‘I Care a Lot’

Rome unveils lesbian kiss street art at subway station

And HRC wants you to remember this is Bisexuality+ Health Awareness Month!

A graphic from HRC notes this is Bi Health Awareness Month

March is Bisexuality Health Awareness Month
HRC


Today’s OutShout:

Out High School athlete Connor Murphy relied on Outsports for the Sports Equality Foundation’s weekly look back at the week in LGBTQ sports on TikTok! Watch by clicking here:

If you’re an LGBTQ person in sports looking to connect with others in the community, head over to GO! SPACE to meet and interact with other LGBTQ athletes, or to Equality Coaching Alliance to find other coaches, administrators and other non-athletes in sports.


Social Media Spotlight:

Billie Jean King was at Madison Square Garden Sunday night for the first-ever PWHPA women’s hockey game and the first to be nationally-televised!

If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at [email protected] or tag @Outsports on Instagram or Twitter!


Today’s Outsports Podcast:

Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today, Cyd Zeigler returns with a fresh episode of Five Rings To Rule Them All. His guest this week is Jon Holmes, a powerful force in British sports media, and an advocate for coverage of LGBTQ athletes and inclusion in sports. An editor at SkySports and the manager of Sports Media LGBT+, Holmes has dramatically increased coverage of the issues at his own publication. Click here to listen:

This and all Outsports podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and on every platform where you find Outsports!


Today’s Sports Calendar:

MLB Spring Training:

Exhibition games are underway! Click here for MLB’s guide to your favorite teams’ schedules.


NHL:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro hockey action today.


NBA:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro basketball action today.


NCAAM:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s college basketball action today.


NCAAW:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of women’s college basketball action today.


SOCCER:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.


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