Glenn Burke Stats

Glenn Burke was born on Sunday, November 16, 1952, in Oakland, California. Burke was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 9, 1976, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Glenn Burke baseball stats page.

"To speak of his sexual preference diminishes the spirit of Glenn Burke. He was actively always trying to be a great teammate and he had a great sense of humor. We all have different mechanisms to deal with life. Baseball, quite frankly has a lot of deniability. You have a lot of denying when you're not seeing the ball. You deny that even if you hit .300 and you're not getting a hit two of every three at-bats. You're denying the fact you've played 142 games and you're physically and mentally tired and you have 20 games to go. Yet, Glenn had a levity that compensated for that." - Teammate Rick Monday in The Los Angeles Times (Diane Pucin, 08/22/2013, 'Glenn Burke was ideal Dodger teammate whose sexuality wasn't an issue', Source )
Glenn Burke

Glenn Burke Autograph on a 1978 Topps (#562)
Glenn Burke Autograph on a 1978 Topps (#562)

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Birth Name:
Glenn Lawrence Burke
Nickname:
None
Born On:
11-16-1952  (Scorpio)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Oakland, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-30-1995 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
San Leandro, California
Cemetery:
Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California
High School:
Berkeley High School (Berkeley, CA)
College:
Merritt College
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
04-09-1976 (Age 23)
Last Game:
06-04-1979
Draft:
1972 : 17th Round (401st)
Glenn Burke

Glenn Burke Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Glenn Burke

Glenn Burke Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1976 24 Dodgers 25 46 9 11 2 0 0 0 5 3 0 8 1 0 1 1 .239 .300 .283
1977 25 Dodgers 83 169 16 43 8 0 1 0 13 5 1 22 0 0 1 3 .254 .280 .320
1978 26 Dodgers 16 19 2 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 .211 .211 .211
1978 26 Athletics 78 200 19 47 6 1 1 0 14 10 1 26 6 1 0 7 .235 .270 .290
1979 27 Athletics 23 89 4 19 2 1 0 0 4 4 1 10 1 0 0 3 .213 .247 .258
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
4 Years 225 523 50 124 18 2 2 0 38 22 3 70 8 1 2 14 .237 .270 .291
Glenn Burke

Glenn Burke Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1976 Dodgers CF 15 11 308 32 2.1 31 31 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .969 2.72
1976 Dodgers LF 5 2 69 1 0.2 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.39
1977 Dodgers CF 65 34 1,209 94 1.4 92 91 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.05
1977 Dodgers LF 5 0 33 3 0.6 2 2 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .667 1.64
1977 Dodgers RF 5 1 54 4 0.8 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.00
1978 Athletics CF 44 35 960 115 2.6 113 112 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .983 3.18
1978 Dodgers CF 11 1 126 9 0.8 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.93
1978 Athletics LF 13 5 186 17 1.3 17 17 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.47
1978 Dodgers LF 4 0 24 1 0.3 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.13
1978 Athletics RF 15 13 306 25 1.7 25 25 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.21
1978 Athletics 1B 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1979 Athletics CF 1 1 27 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.00
1979 Athletics LF 21 21 552 42 2.0 42 40 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.05
1979 Athletics RF 2 1 27 4 2.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.00
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
CF Totals 136 82 2,630 252 1.9 247 245 2 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.54
LF Totals 48 28 864 64 1.3 63 61 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .984 1.97
RF Totals 22 15 387 33 1.5 33 33 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.30
1B Totals 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
4 Years 207 125 3,884 350 1.7 344 340 4 6 0 n/a n/a n/a .983 2.39
Glenn Burke

Glenn Burke Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1976 Dodgers 3 2 .600 1 7 n/a 0.0 5.8 9.2 - - -
1977 Dodgers 13 5 .722 9 15 n/a 169.0 7.7 13.0 - - -
1978 Dodgers 1 0 1.000 0 2 n/a 0.0 4.8 9.5 - - -
1978 Athletics 15 8 .652 2 14 2 200.0 7.7 14.3 - - -
1979 Athletics 3 1 .750 0 0 0 0.0 8.9 22.3 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
4 Years 35 16 .686 12 38 2 261.5 7.5 13.8 - - -
Glenn Burke

Glenn Burke Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1976 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 $19,000.00 - -
1977 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 $25,000.00 - Stats
1978 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 $21,000.00 - -
1978 Oakland Athletics 4 , 14 "     " - -
1979 Oakland Athletics 14 $21,000.00 - -


Did you know that on October 2, 1977 , Glenn Burke "invented" the "High 5" while greeting Dusty Baker at home plate, who just hit his 30th home run of the season? Here is an excerpt from "The history and mystery of the high five", Jon Mooallem, ESPN Films, July 29, 2011:

It was the last day of the regular season, and Dodgers leftfielder Dusty Baker had just gone deep off the Astros' J.R. Richard . It was Baker's 30th home run, making the Dodgers the first team in history to have four sluggers -- Baker , Ron Cey , Steve Garvey and Reggie Smith - with at least 30 homers each. It was a wild, triumphant moment and a good omen as the Dodgers headed to the playoffs. Burke, waiting on deck, thrust his hand enthusiastically over his head to greet his friend at the plate. Baker , not knowing what to do, smacked it. "His hand was up in the air, and he was arching way back," says Baker , "So I reached up and hit his hand. It seemed like the thing to do."

Glenn Burke, called the Jackie Robinson of gay rights (The Atlantic, Allen Barra, 05/02/2013, 'Actually, Jason Collins Isn't the First Openly Gay Man in a Major Pro Sport', Source Source ).

Jim Gilliam , a coach with the Dodgers when Burke was still a prospect), touted Burke as the next Willie Mays and Dusty Baker made a similar comment in The Milwaukee Sentinel (11/02/1994, 'Inner Strength, Inner Peace', Sports, Page 8), "He was built like a young Willie Mays . He would have been real good if he had the opportunity. I mean, Glenn could play, man." The outfield, mentioned in the excerpt above, had some serious sluggers though making it hard to break into that starting outfield, but Burke held his head high and had but one wish, "I don't really feel bad about my life. I'm just basic people. Sometimes people put you on a pedestal. Here I am a celebrity, getting interviews and photographed, and I don't even feel like a celebrity. I'm no better than nobody and never wanted to be. I played sports and mad made it and made a name for myself. But it didn't really matter to me. Material things didn't matter to me. I just wish the world was a better place to live in."

Last-Modified: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM EST

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