37 gay softball jocks reveal what it takes to win Mr. HSL

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When the players of Hotlanta Softball League put down their bats and balls, they tend to raise the roofs across gay Atlanta with socials and fundraisers. One of the biggest, and sexiest, is the Mr. HSL pageant on Saturday.

They already showed us how to rock a gay softball uniform. Now when a guy from each HSL team hits the stage at Jungle, they’ll be buffed up for this year’s “Studio 54” theme. Still, you’re likely to notice other aspects of their presentation more. That’s because the categories and talent showcases each conspire to get the contestants into as little clothing as possible.

Proceeds from the event go to support HSL’s teams headed to represent Atlanta at the Gay Softball World Series. And this year, the league shares the money with Lost N Found Youth and AID Atlanta. So if you are a fan of good times, hot gay jocks and worthy charities, Saturday’s 2015 Mr. HSL Pageant is for you. You’ll get all that and much more for just $10 at the door.

And by “much more,” we mean “more than you can handle but will have fun trying.” By way of illustrative example, we scoured our Mr. HSL photo archives from 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. That’s where we found this pictorial guide through pageants past to warm you up for the big night.

 

Look for shows of strength.

 

 

And talent.

 

 

And spirits.

 

 

And … this.

 

 

It wouldn’t be Atlanta without a drag host. Or contestant.

 

 

This year Ruby Redd oversees the, um, festivities.

 

 

She tends to be thorough.

 

 

Oh, did we not mention the beefcake?

 

 

Because beefcake.

 

 

Pound for pound, the best beefcake around.

 

 

Beefcake working a theme.

 

 

Beefcake cowboys.

 

 

Beefcake indians.

 

 

Beefcake doctors.

 

 

Beefcake leathermen.

 

 

There's also beefcake in – and slightly out of – uniform.

 

 

And of course, beefcake in fierce swimsuit competition.

 

 

The win? Wrestle you for it.

 

 

Or outshine you for it.

 

 

Or out-measure you for it.

 

 

Or otherwise give one up for the team.

 

 

So follow the signs.

 

 

Or the dancing hunks.

 

 

Everyone will be watching.

 

 

Because tips go toward the title and a good cause.

 

 

And the winner gets a Hercules clap.

 

 

Again, because beefcake.

 

 

See you guys there.

 

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