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    Are there any Muslim MLB players?

    Ken Burns says there isn't. That struck me odd.

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    Re: Are there any Muslim MLB players?

    Apparently Sam Khalifa was the first and, to date, only Muslim MLB player.

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    Sam Khalifa (born December 5, 1963 in Fontana, California, USA), was a Major League Baseball player.

    The seventh overall pick in the 1982 June draft. He played 164 games across three seasons in the majors, most as a shortstop and all as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. His primary historical importance arises from his status as the first person of Egyptian descent to play major league baseball, making him the "Egyptian Jackie Robinson." [1]. He ended his career with a .219 batting average, a .294 on base percentage, and a .285 slugging percentage.

    Khalifa's father, Rashad Khalifa, was murdered on January 31, 1990. Though no one was ever convicted of the murder, Islamic extremists opposed to his teachings have been connected to it.[2].

    Khalifa is no longer involved with professional baseball. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Khalifa is currently the only Muslim to have played in the Major Leagues.
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    The games are too long. They'd have to keep stopping to pray.

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    Re: Are there any Muslim MLB players?

    I bet there have been a lot of Muslim cricket players.

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    Re: Are there any Muslim MLB players?

    Are there any openly gay active Pro Athletes (baseball, football, basketball, hockey)?

    Statistically, there have to be a few who are, but it would be a step forward for someone to actually come out.

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    Re: Are there any Muslim MLB players?

    Quote Originally Posted by hamgravy View Post
    Are there any openly gay active Pro Athletes (baseball, football, basketball, hockey)?

    Statistically, there have to be a few who are, but it would be a step forward for someone to actually come out.
    The only one I can think of is Billy Bean (not the A's GM)...but he came out after he retired...

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    Re: Are there any Muslim MLB players?

    There better not be! Baseball is America's game! What next, a mosque in Yankees stadium!
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    Re: Are there any Muslim MLB players?

    Quote Originally Posted by majorjoe23 View Post
    There better not be! Baseball is America's game! What next, a mosque in Yankees stadium!
    It's the big, gay, football player that I'd like to see. Twould bury any pre-conceived notions of the gay "sissy."

    A trifecta of out gay athletes (baseball, football, basketball) would be a turning point that might actually normalize homosexuality for Americans enough to pass gay marriage.

    Given the number of gay activists that target outing celebrities, I'm surprised there aren't any athletes (except, Mike Piazza, rumored).

    But, hell, even a newscaster (Anderson Cooper) can't be be "out" in 2010.

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    Re: Are there any Muslim MLB players?

    Quote Originally Posted by hamgravy View Post
    Are there any openly gay active Pro Athletes (baseball, football, basketball, hockey)?

    Statistically, there have to be a few who are, but it would be a step forward for someone to actually come out.
    Guy by the name of Ameche played basketball and if I recall he came out to his teammates while still playing.

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