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 Autograph on a 1978 Topps (#562)
Glenn Burke Pitching Stats
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Glenn Burke Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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|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||-||-|
|Glenn Burke Stats by Baseball Almanac|
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."
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."
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