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Sean Conroy, a right-handed pitcher for the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs' Sonoma Stompers, made history Thursday night by becoming the first openly gay professional baseball player.

According to Lisa Leff and Olga R. Rodriguez of the Associated Press, Conroy pitched a shutout, allowing three hits and striking out 11 in Sonoma's 7-0 win over the Vallejo Admirals. It also happened to be Pride Night at the ballpark.

Sonoma radio broadcaster Tim Livingston noted after the final out was recorded how important this moment was for Conroy, per the AP report: "He wanted to be that guy, and coming out here and doing this shows you what kind of man he is. To see this little field here in the middle of nowhere, when we look back it will have been the perfect setting for this."

Barry Bosshard, who is giving Conroy and another player a place to live during Sonoma's season, told the AP that the 23-year-old wanted to have his story made public. 

"His goal has always been to ...

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