OK, the nets are all abuzz over gay rights advocates’ indignation that the WSJ ran this picture of Elena Kagan playing softball in the 90s when a professor at the U. of Chicago. Apparently, softball = gay. Who knew?
I had a personal involvement with another U. of Chicago softball photo. When Gary Becker won the Nobel Prize in 1992, many of the papers ran a photo of him (that I can’t find, given that those were pre-internet days) playing softball. This involves me in a very important way because I was the one pitching to him. Pictures of me did not make the papers.
I remember the moment well because, though he is the greatest economist of the last 50 years (so said Milton Friedman, the only other serious contender for the title), Gary is no athlete. People were hissing at me to lighten up and let him hit, even though I was trying to put up the softest softballs I could manage.
Lots of people play softball on the Chicago Midway. My observation of that photo is that Elena looks pretty good. She definitely would have kicked Gary’s butt.
Was the media secretly trying to imply that Gary Becker is gay? I’m sure he isn’t, but then I’m not very sophisticated at reading these signals.
I, for one, happen to like playing softball. Please don’t tell.