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LGBTQ History Month: Pro baseball player Glenn Burke refused to live a lie

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You could say that Glenn Burke, the first Major League Baseball player to come out, is having a good season. In March, bestselling author Andrew Maraniss published a new biography called "Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke." And on June 11, the Oakland Athletics, for which Burke once played, renamed their annual LGBTQ appreciation event the Glenn Burke Pride Night, as the Bay Area Reporter and other outlets reported.

Unfortunately, Burke isn't here to enjoy the acclaim. He died from complications of AIDS in 1995, at the age of 42. He played four seasons of professional baseball between 1976 and 1979, hitting .237 and stealing 35 bases, before homophobia ended his career. "Prejudice drove me out of baseball sooner than I should

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