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Remembering the First Openly Gay Pro Athlete

By Jeff Weisinger, published on Feb 25, 2014

...by the name of Glenn Burke. The forgotten "hero" of sort in the gay community.

Burke, an outfielder from Oakland, California was, in fact, the first openly gay pro athlete to play in one of America's four major sports when he made his Dodgers debut on April 9, 1976.

On April 7, 1978, Burke officially became the first active openly gay player in major American pro sports when he came in as a defensive replacement in the 6th inning. He went 0-for-2 from the plate with a walk and a stolen base.

Burke spent five years in the bigs, batting .248 in three years with the... (more)

Tags: baseball, mlb, history, out, espn, coming out, 2014, glenn burke, openly gay athlete, l.a. dodgers, 1978, jason collins, michael sam

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