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LA Times Today: The story of Glenn Burke

LA Times Today: The story of Glenn Burke

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On October 2, 1977 L.A. Dodgers outfielder Glenn Burke made history without ever stepping on the field. After his teammate Dusty Baker hit a home run, Burke enthusiastically greeted him with the first ever high-five.

But Burke also made history for another reason: He was the first openly gay player in baseball. He died from AIDS related complications in 1995.

L.A. Times’ LZ Granderson is joined by author Andrew Maraniss who has written a book about Burke’s life called, “Singled Out.”