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Glenn Burke, an Openly Gay Baseball Player, Dies


Reuters (06/01/95)

Glenn Burke, a former outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics during a four-year major league career, died from AIDS complications at the age of 42 at Fairmont Hospital in San Leandro, Calif. Burke believed his baseball career suffered because of anti-gay bias. Although it was well known during his playing days that he was homosexual, Burke made a public disclosure in a magazine article in 1982 after he leaving the sport in 1980. Burke-- who in later used drugs, was often homeless, and served prison time--was helped in his last years by the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco General Hospital. Burke is survived by his mother, five sisters, and a brother.


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