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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Softball League In Minnesota

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Softball League In Minnesota


IN THE STATE CAPITOL TO LICENSE BOUNTY HUNTERS. IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION, E MAIL IT AT WCCO.COM/LINKS. CLOSE TO 40 MILLION PEOPLE PLAY SOFTBALL AT LEAST WUNS A YEAR. — ONCE A YEAR. ABOUT ANYONE CAN FIND A LEAGUE OR TEAM TO MATCH AGE OR SKILL LEVEL. YOUR PICK FOR BEST SOFTBALL LEAGUE IS ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE COUNTRY. BUT AS MARK ROSEN EXPLAINS, IT MAY NOT HAVE EXISTED AT ALL HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR ONE GAME PLAYED ALMOST 40 YEARS AGO. NICE CATCH. PLAY BALL. Reporter: THESE ARE THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER. ON THIS DAY IN EAGAN, THE TWIN CITIES GOOD TIMES SOFTBALL LEAGUE IS HOSTING ITS BIGGEST TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR WITH 48 TEAMS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY BATTLING IT OUT OVER TWO DAYS. TEAMS FROM WASHINGTON DC, BOSTON, CHICAGO, DALLAS, DES MOINES. Reporter: THAT IS GREG, HE IS THE COMMISSIONER OF THE TCGSL. PEOPLE DO PLAY PRETTY DECENT LEVEL SOFTBALL. Reporter: NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. BUT YOU MIGHT SEE OR HEAR SOME THINGS THAT SOME OF THESE GAYS YOU MIGHT NOT SEE AT YOUR AVERAGE SOFTBALL TILT. I THINK THAT IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THE LEAGUE, WE ARE A FAMILY MORE THAN A SOFTBALL LEAGUE. WE ARE THERE FOR EACH OTHER, THERE FOR THE COMMUNITY, AND NOT JUST THE GAY COMMUNITY. Reporter: IN THE PRESENT CONTEXT, A GAY SOFTBALL LEAGUE MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO MOST OF US. BUT IF WE LOOK BACK ALMOST 40 YEARS TO 1979, SUCH A LEAGUE WOULD HAVE BEEN A DICEY PROPOSITION AT BEST. THE CONCEPT WAS REALLY THAT THERE WAS NOT A SAFE PLACE FOR GAYS IN SPORTS. Reporter: IN FACT, IN THOSE DAYS THE WORD “GAY” WAS SOMEWHAT NEW TO OUR LEXICON AND TO MANY, IT WAS JUST ANOTHER FOUR-LETTER WORD. THAT DID NOT FLY WITH ABOUT HALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE LEAGUE WHO SIMPLY SAID THEY “GAY” IN THE NAME OF THE LEAGUE, THEY WOULD NOT PLAY. Reporter: KEN JOHNSON HAS BEEN WITH THE LEAGUE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, HE RECALLS A PUBLIC RELATIONS EVENT WITH THE MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT WAS THE TURNING POINT. MY, IT OPENED DOORS, IT REALLY DID. IT TOOK A SITUATION THAT WAS CONFRONTATIONAL IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS, AND MADE IT ON A FIELD OF PLAY. AND WE LEARNED A LOT OF THINGS FROM THE POLICE AND ABOUT THE POLICE AND I THINK IT CAME BACK THE SAME WAY. Reporter: OUT OF THAT GAME WAS BORN A SOFTBALL LEAGUE WITH A CULTURE OF OPENNESS AND ACCEPTANCE. WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT IS THE LEAGUE WELCOMED EVERYONE. I WASN’T DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BECAUSE I WAS NOT GAY. Reporter: THAT IS RIGHT. NO MATTER WHAT ACRONYM YOU USE TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF, IN THIS LEAGUE YOU WILL FIND A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. THE GOOD TIME SOFTBALL LEAGUE, IT IS NOT JUST A CLEVER NAME, IT IS A GOOD TIME. Reporter: SO, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS WAIT FOR A PITCH YOU CAN HIT AND KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL. JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. I AM GREG FROM THE TCGSL AND WE ARE THE BEST SOFTBALL LEAGUE IN MINNESOTA. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] BIG GROUP. DEFINITELY. FUN. THE LEAGUE PLAYS THIS WEEKEND IN EAGAN. THURSDAY AT 10:00 WE WILL REVIEWAL YOUR CHOICE FOR BEST ONION RINGS IN MINNESOTA, YOU CAN VOTE FOR BEST BARBER SHOP

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