Legendary baseball player Glenn Burke was the inventor of the high five. During his short-lived baseball career with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1976-1979) he shocked the world when he openly-dated the son of the team’s manager. According to Burke in his autobiography ‘Out at Home: The Glenn Burke Story’ Glenn said the manager tried to force him to marry a woman and go on an elaborate honeymoon. He declined, of course.
“Prejudice drove me out of baseball sooner than I should have. But I wasn’t changing,” Glenn said in an interview with the New York Times.
Glenn Burke would later transfer from team to team with short-lived stays before he was released in 1982. Many believe this led to his alcohol and cocaine addictions. Glenn announced he was HIV+ in 1994 and died shortly after in 1995 from complications.
Below is the trailer for the documentary about Major League Baseball’s first openly gay player. Even from the death bed, people came from all over to share their Glenn Burke stories. Watch below: