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Remembering the First Openly Gay Pro Athlete

By Jeff Weisinger, published on Feb 25, 2014

...new ground as far as being an openly gay athlete. Sure, the topic is still somewhat new in today's society; with how fast news can travel, let alone opinions and so forth.

But what about the guy who really broke the barrier. Another Dodger, this time an L.A. Dodger, 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... (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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