Honor the Legacy of Glenn Burke, the first openly gay MLB player
  • Petitioned Baseball Hall of Fame

This petition was delivered to:

Baseball Hall of Fame
President, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Jeff Idelson
Senior Vice President
William E. Haase
Senior Director, Communications and Education
Bradford Horn
Senior Director, Development
Kenneth Meifert
Senior Director, Exhibits and Collections
Erik Strohl

Honor the Legacy of Glenn Burke, the first openly gay MLB player

    1. Jeremy Redlien
    2. Petition by

      Jeremy Redlien

      Oneonta, NY

Glenn Burke was the first, of only two Major League Baseball players, to "come out" as gay. Burke also started the tradition of high-fiving players after they had just hit home runs.

Considering the significance of Glenn Burke being the first Major League Baseball player to come out, his legacy is comparable to that of Jackie Robinson. As baseball is our National Pastime, it is incredibly important that the Baseball Hall of Fame acknowledge and promote diversity within the sport itself.

Considering this, we ask that the Baseball Hall of Fame create a permanent exhibit to honor the legacy and memory of Glenn Burke.

“They can't ever say now that a gay man can't play in the majors, because I'm a gay man and I made it." - Glenn Burke

Recent signatures


    1. Meeting with Baseball Hall of Fame

      Jeremy Redlien
      Petition Organizer

      I met with the Baseball Hall of Fame about two weeks ago and it went very well. They were very open to the idea of putting together an exhibit to honor Glenn Burke. At this point it appears very likely that there will be some sort of an event in October, such as possibly having a screening of "Out: The Glenn Burke Story" if the logistical issues can be worked out. Overall, a good meeting.

    2. Reached 20,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • annoymous beginings MIAMI,FL, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is wrong!!!!!

    • Cydney Rogers TROY, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Everyone should be honored for their accomplishments, no matter what their sexual orientation is.

    • Ben Gottschalk OKEMOS, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      He looks kinda hot

    • adriane bellard OKC, OK
      • about 2 years ago


    • Fallon Chairs BATON ROUGE, LA
      • about 2 years ago

      All players should be honored whether they are gay or not!!!!


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