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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Glenn Burke, baseball’s first openly gay player, to be subject of Netflix series produced by Jamie Lee Curtis, Ryan Murphy

Glenn Burke only played four seasons in Major League Baseball. But the outfielder made an impact during his short career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics and lived a fascinating life.

Perhaps the most defining aspect of Burke’s biography is that he was the first major-league player to come out as gay to teammates, coaches, and team ownership. He talked about it with reporters, though none were willing to write about it in the late 1970s. In his 1995 autobiography, Out at Home, Burke revealed that the Dodgers offered him $75,000 to go through with a fake marriage to a woman to dispel rumors of his homosexuality.

By 1980, at the age of 27, Burke was no longer in baseball, believing that he was shunned because of prejudice. As Allen Barra detailed in The Atlantic, Burke came out publicly in a 1982 article for Inside Sports magazine and subsequently discussed his decision on the Today show with Bryant Gumbel. At 42 years old, he died in 1995 from AIDS-related complications.

Actor Jamie Lee Curtis revealed on Deadline’s Hero Nation podcast that she is producing a Netflix series on Burke with writer-producer Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), with whom she collaborated on the Fox TV series Scream Queens. Curtis said she’s been trying to get Burke’s story made for over 10 years. The dramatic limited series has the working title of Outfielder, though Netflix has not yet officially announced the project.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 19, 2021 at 10:48 AM | 13 comment(s)
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