NEW YORK — Dale Scott this week became the first Major League Baseball umpire to come out as gay.
Scott sent a picture of himself with his long-time partner, Michael Rausch, to Referee magazine for a profile in the subscription-only publication that ran in its October issue. Outsports.com on Dec. 3 published an interview with Scott, who has been a MLB umpire for 29 years.
“There’s a story about my career and how I got started in umpiring and they’re talking to people I have known since junior high,” said Scott. “It didn’t seem right to have a whole story and pictures without a picture of Mike and I, someone who’s been with me through this entire process.”
Outsports.com reported that Scott and Rausch met at a gay bar in Portland, Ore., in October 1986. Palm Springs (Calif.) Mayor Steve Pougnet officiated their 2013 wedding.