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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MLB Finally Acknowledges Glenn Burke, The Game’s Gay Pioneer

At tonight’s all-star game, MLB will recognize the career and contributions of Glenn Burke, a speedy outfielder who became the first baseball player to be out to his teammates, and the first to acknowledge it publicly after his career ended.

Burke left the game in 1979, citing the burden of keeping his personal life private.

eddieot Posted: July 15, 2014 at 03:58 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: all-star game, dodgers, glenn burke

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   1. Al Kaline Trio Posted: July 15, 2014 at 05:49 PM (#4751065)
Billy Bean never should have written that book.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: July 15, 2014 at 05:51 PM (#4751070)
How long must we wait until Burke's numbers 3, 4, and 14 are retired throughout MLB?
   3. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: July 15, 2014 at 06:09 PM (#4751092)
Burke left the game in 1979, citing the burden of keeping his personal life private.

Either that or the game left Burke in 1979, citing the burden of his career OPS+ of 57.
   4. adenzeno Posted: July 15, 2014 at 08:03 PM (#4751181)
In 1982, I believe it was Inside Sport?(someone will remember/find out), did an article on him and talked about his personal/private lifestyle. Inventor of the High Five!!
   5. bobm Posted: July 15, 2014 at 10:00 PM (#4751416)
[4]

“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.”


NY Times
   6. bobm Posted: July 15, 2014 at 10:04 PM (#4751424)
[4]
The Double Life Of A Gay Dodger

Michael J. Smith

REPRINT
5/08/13

[...]

Originally published in the October 1982 issue of Inside Sports.


Link
   7. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: July 15, 2014 at 11:36 PM (#4751598)
"The Gay Pioneer" sounds like the nickname of some 19th century player.
   8. baxter Posted: July 16, 2014 at 02:13 AM (#4751657)
1977 Dodgers viewed from the left field pavilion by 385 foot marker: Burke would always acknowledge the fans. Give him a thumbs up; he would give it back. He hit his only home run that year (when four Dodgers, Cey, Baker, Garvey & Smith went for 30 each) on the last day of the season. He was a class guy.
   9. Sunday silence Posted: July 16, 2014 at 02:29 AM (#4751659)
"The Renegade of Reno" in the early 20th.
   10. Ray (RDP) Posted: July 16, 2014 at 08:42 AM (#4751714)
"The Gay Pioneer" sounds like the nickname of some 19th century player.


When I read the phrase it sounded like SNL's "The Ambiguously Gay Duo."

Regardless, I'm not sure "pioneer" quite fits, since only insiders knew he was gay. To my knowledge the general public didn't know, at the time, until the 1982 article.

   11. Scott Lange Posted: July 16, 2014 at 09:33 AM (#4751741)
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.
   12. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: July 16, 2014 at 10:57 AM (#4751825)
Were there other players who insiders knew were gay? If not: pioneer.


In all likelihood, yes.

Several former ballplayers have reported having gay teammates in the past.

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