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Petitioning Baseball Hall of Fame and 5 others

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

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

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

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