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Burke, Glenn Lawrence

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Born: 1952 AD
Died: 1995 AD, at 42 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Baseball Player

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1952 - Born on November 16th in Oakland, California. American baseball player.

         - He was the first major league baseball player to openly discuss his homosexuality.

1970 - He was named Northern California's High School Basketball Player of the Year.

1972 - Burke was recruited by the Los Angeles Dodgers and sent to play in the minor leagues in Utah, Washington, Connecticut, and New Mexico before being called on for "the show." Weighing a lean 220 pounds, his teammates nick named him King Kong.

1976 - He was an outfielder for Los Angeles Dodgers.

1977 - The Dodgers had the National League West wrapped up and were anticipating a trip to the playoffs and the World Series when Dusty Baker hit his 30th homer for the year in a game against the Houston Astros.

         - Glenn Burke is credited with inventing the "high five" when he ran out onto the field to congratulate his Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Dusty Baker for hitting a home run in the last game of the regular season.

1978 - He was an outfielder for Oakland Athletics.

1979 - Frustration led him to quit baseball.

1980 - He returned for Spring training with Oakland.

         - The new manager of the Athletics made public statements about not wanting a homosexual in his clubhouse.

1982 - Burke's homosexuality became public knowledge in an article published by "Inside Sports" magazine.

         - Won medals in the 100 and 220 meter sprints in the first Gay Games.

1986 - He competed in the Gay Games in basketball.

1987 - He was hit by a car and seriously injured, which accelerated his decline.

         - He spent time in prison for drug possession and ended up living on the streets, begging for money from the same people that he had once hosted with lavish parties.

1994 - When news of his battle with AIDS became public knowledge, he received the support of his former teammates and the Oakland Athletics organization.

1995 - Died from complications associated with AIDS on May 30th at Fairmont Hospital in San Leandro, California.

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