Andrew Maraniss, author of Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke, discusses the abuse heaped on the majors’ first openly gay player. Plus tales of a Pacific Coast League trainer who was singled out in a different way, plus two murders and Major League Baseball’s moving the All-Star Game out of Georgia.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Fate Hunts a Trainer*MLB and Voting While Black in Georgia*Andrew Maraniss: Sports, Social Justice, and Perry Wallace*Glenn Burke: No Resolution*Bad Timing*What Does Who You Sleep With Have to Do With How You Can Hit?*What if Burke Had Been a Better Player?*Burke: Oppositional and Beloved*The Second High Five*Burke vs. Lasorda*Burke the Athlete*Glenn and Spunky*Al Campanis: It Wasn’t Just “Nightline”*Burke, Billy Martin, and the Dying A’s*Did Baseball Do Enough to Help?*Dusty Baker: Great Guy*“Owing”*Have the Dodgers Changed? A Possible Example*Coming Attractions: Inaugural Ballers*Lenn Sakata Mention Alert*Goodbyes.
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