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White Sox’ Gordon Beckham can’t make Gay Softball World Series

The logo for 2011 Gay Softball World Series thwill be suburban Chicago Aug. 29-Sept. 3.

The logo for the 2011 Gay Softball World Series that will be in suburban Chicago Aug. 29-Sept. 3.

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Updated: October 27, 2011 12:32AM

The 2011 Gay Softball World Series has struck out. Well, not totally.

It had hoped White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham would attend the opening festivities of the event scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 3 in Elmhurst, St. Charles and Schaumburg.

Because the Sox have a game Aug. 29, the team said he would be unable to accept the invitation that was extended Monday. Beckham was invited in the wake of his scrawling a message — ‘‘Getz is gay’’ — to former teammate Chris Getz during a July 4 game against the Kansas City Royals.

Also invited was Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf. The Sox did offer to send a representative, memorabilia to auction off and tickets to the winning team for a game at U.S. Cellular Field.

‘‘We need to educate,” Ted Cappas, president of Series 2011, Chicago, Inc., told Quick Hits. ‘‘That’s why we extended the invitation. They would see good sportsmanship and, at times, they would see some bad. They would see we are no different than any other softball leagues or tournaments.’’

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