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“It’s harder to be gay in sports than anywhere else, except maybe president,” Burke said in 1982, when he came out publicly in an Inside Sports magazine article. “Baseball is probably the hardest sport of all.”
The Double Life Of A Gay Dodger
Michael J. Smith
Originally published in the October 1982 issue of Inside Sports.
"The Gay Pioneer" sounds like the nickname of some 19th century player.
Regardless, I'm not sure "pioneer" quite fits, since only insiders knew he was gay.
Were there other players who insiders knew were gay? If not: pioneer.
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