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Watch: Documentary on Gay Baseball Player Glenn Burke to Premiere

Those of you in the Bay Area can catch a new documentary tomorrow night on Oakland A's player Glenn Burke, who came out publicly after his baseball career.

The SF Chronicle writes: Glennburke

"Burke made little secret of his sexuality during his time with the Dodgers and A's in the late 1970s. Several former teammates contend this bothered management of both clubs, to the point where the Dodgers traded Burke to Oakland and then-A's manager Billy Martin later ridiculed him in front of his teammates. He abruptly retired from baseball in 1980, publicly revealed his homosexuality two years later and landed in San Francisco's Castro district, where he initially was welcomed warmly. But his life there eventually spun out of control, sending him spiraling toward drug use, prison time and AIDS. He died of complications from the disease in May 1995, at age 42."

The documentary airs on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 8pm to coincide with a fundraiser at the Castro Theatre. At 9:15 p.m., a live town-hall meeting at the Castro will be telecast on CSNBA.

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Sad, tragic story. It took serious balls for him to be out in his time.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 9, 2010 9:08:09 PM


  2. Wow, never heard of him before. I'll definitely be watching. Thanks for the heads up.

    Posted by: IAN F | Nov 9, 2010 9:41:59 PM


  3. I was born in Los Angeles and I remember Burke well, he invented the High Five! Excellent ballplayer, it was all very strange when he got traded, why would the team get rid of such a good player? (there wasn't 24/7 sports networks then)

    It seems that most of his Dodgers teammates didn't really care that he was gay --he didn't hide it-- but that piece of human filth Tom Lasorda traded him when he found out Burke was dating his gay son and that scumbag Billy Martin poisoned his time in Oakland. It was a huge story in the sports pages in 1982 when he publicly came out.

    RIP Glenn Burke, for this gay man who loves baseball, you will always be remembered.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Nov 9, 2010 10:24:08 PM


  4. SAD as hell! He was working hard....making those JERKS hundreds of millions of dollars....AND THIS IS HOW THEY TREAT HIM?????? SHAMEFUL AS HELL

    Posted by: shannon | Nov 9, 2010 11:38:00 PM


  5. So when is this Glenn Burke documentary going to be released nationally?

    Posted by: elg | Nov 10, 2010 12:40:04 AM


  6. I'm glad his story will finally be told and remembered.

    Posted by: niles | Nov 10, 2010 2:35:09 AM


  7. Glenn was a good guy, who had the same pressure on him like that as Jackie Robinson had, decades before. This documentary is a must for for gay history buffs. It exposes 2 fabled MLB managers Tommy Lasorta and Billy Martin, for what they were...homophobes! Not only did Lasorta trade Burke to the Oakland A's, because Glenn was openly dating his son, and when Glenn was being introduced to the A's players at Spring Training, Martin added "and by the way... He's a fagot!" Lasorta disowned his son, when he was diagnose with AIDS. Billy Martin is being considered for Baseball's Hall of Fame, and if he is elected will not be the first time that a bigot was enshrined there. Ty Cobb was anti-black and an anti-Semite. I knew Glenn, and I was a photographer for several gay newspapers, and he asked me not to photograph him while he was in the major leagues.I respected his wishes. I also played against him when he played in the S.F. gay softball league. Sadly, Glenn hung around the wrong people in the Castro, and
    he became a drug addict, and died from AIDS.
    This documentary touches all the bases of Glenn's life and death. I had a brief cameo in it.

    Posted by: jerry pritikin | Nov 10, 2010 7:38:51 AM


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