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Glenn Burke

(1952-1995)

 

— Rainbow Honor Walk —

 
Glenn Burke Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 2019
1. Glenn Burke Marker
Inscription.  First openly gay major league baseball player whose raised hand, after a home run, led to the invention of the high five.

Glenn Burke
 
Erected 2017 by Rainbow Honor Walk.
 
Location. 37° 45.79′ N, 122° 26.048′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Market Street east of Castro Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2351 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. We'wha (a few steps from this marker); Rikki Streicher (a few steps from this marker); Kiyoshi Kuromiya (within shouting distance of this marker); AIDS Memorial Quilt (within shouting distance of this marker); Barbara Jordan (within shouting distance of this marker); Fereydoun Farrokhzad (within shouting distance of this marker); Sally Ride (within shouting distance of this marker); José Sarria (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .

Glenn Burke Marker - wide view, looking east on Market image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 2019
2. Glenn Burke Marker - wide view, looking east on Market
The marker is visible here, set into the sidewalk.
1. Glenn Burke: America's first openly gay baseball player (YouTube, 1 min.). (Submitted on July 19, 2018.)
2. The High Five (YouTube, 10.5 min.). (Submitted on July 19, 2018.)
3. Glenn Burke (Wikipedia). "Glenn Lawrence Burke (November 16, 1952 – May 30, 1995) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics from 1976 to 1979....Burke was the first MLB player to come out as gay to teammates and team owners during his professional career and the first to publicly acknowledge it, stating, 'They can't ever say now that a gay man can't play in the majors, because I'm a gay man and I made it.' He died from AIDS-related causes in 1995....On October 2, 1977, Burke ran onto the field to congratulate his Dodgers teammate Dusty Baker after Baker hit his 30th home run in the last game of the regular season. Burke raised his hand over his head as Baker jogged home from third base. Not knowing what to do about the upraised hand, Baker slapped it. They have been credited with inventing the high five which was detailed in the ESPN 30 For 30 film The High Five directed by Michael Jacobs. After retiring from baseball, Burke used the high five with other homosexual residents of the Castro district of San Francisco, where it became a symbol of gay pride and identification." (Submitted on July 19, 2018.) 
 
Additional keywords. LGBT LGBTQ
 
Categories. African AmericansSports
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 1, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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